Articles about entrepreneurial ex-prisoners

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UK ex-prisoners

‘Police knew me by my first name but now I’m an entrepreneur’ The Eltham criminal who went from prison to personal trainer

Here’s How Prison Taught Me How to ‘Lead From the Front’

Big Issue Seller Becomes Cambridge Entrepreneur

Nearly 80% of prison inmates want to start their own business — a fact that could help stop them from re-offending

100 Women: From prison to profit

From the bard to spice: Jerk sauce entrepreneur reveals how he made millions after prison

Dragons’ Den has made me £30m fortune

Meet the 23-year-old entrepreneur who turned his life around to open his own milkshake business

How Prison Entrepreneurship Could Break the Cycle of Reoffending and Save Taxpayers Billions

Becoming a fitness instructor
Becoming a fitness instructor
Another article on the same ex-prisoner

New business, new problems

An internet business

From Prison Slop to Organic Sausages, the story of Giggly Pig

Entrepreneur of the year puts prison past behind her

Article on the difficulties prisoners face in accessing learning

Ex-prisoner sets up business (the page also contains advice on starting up)

Finding work after prison.
Two sisters recount their experiences of prison, and their difficulty in finding employment afterwards (which is why we advocate working for yourself).

Ex prisoners become self-employed


USA ex-prisoners

Black Mom, Former Inmate Who Won a Grant From Beyonce, Expands Children’s Underwear Line

Entrepreneur Bun Bydaway Explains How He Beat The Prison System To Launch A Successful Career

New York man goes from cooking crack to baking cookies

Marcus Bullock recounts his journey from incarceration to tech entrepreneur

After 20 years in jail, Wallace Peeples became a successful entrepreneur in just two years

Real estate mogul Annetta Powell shares how she went from behind bars to building businesses

Struggling Single Mom Transforms From Convicted Felon to Successful Entrepreneur

F.A.T.E. From Addict To Entrepreneur With Kenneth Fowles, Professional Artist and Michael Dash


From prison cell to selling potatoes: Flint entrepreneur shares story of overcoming adversity

Soup’s on for this ex-convict turned ramen noodle entrepreneur

Andrew Medal Is The Ex-Convict Entrepreneur Breaking All Of The Rules And Disrupting Tech

Former inmate Davis Powell finds himself surviving, thriving as entrepreneur

Teaching Entrepreneurship, Coding Skills May Be the Way Out Of the Prison Cycle

Ex-Convicts Make the Best Entrepreneurs. Here Are 3 Reasons Why.

Graphics designer Smith goes from prisoner to entrepreneur

From Drug Kingpin To Fitness CEO On 5th Avenue

Former inmate turned entrepreneur gives grandmother first tattoo

From inmate to entrepreneur, owner of new shuttle service overcomes obstacles–owner-of-new-shuttle-service-overcomes-obstacles-

Rochester entrepreneur turns rocky past into success story

Sonoma Co. cannabis entrepreneur Dennis Hunter bounces back from prison to become model CEO

How To Tap Inmates’ Entrepreneurial Spirit? A Boulder Man’s Trying

How I Became An Entrepreneur After Serving A Four-Year Prison Term

Unlocked Potential: From Incarceration to Entrepreneurship

New Program At Donovan Prison Will Train Inmates As Entrepreneurs

Ralphy Dominguez sets up a leather business

Budding Entrepreneur Leaves Prison Past Behind

From prisoner to entrepreneur

How This Ex-Con Started From Nothing to Build a 7-Figure Business

Silicon Valley’s Hot New Snack Was Born in Prison

Lockup to startup: An entrepreneur’s journey from behind bars to starting two businesses

It’s Back to Prison For This Entrepreneur and He Couldn’t Be Happier

Four people who turned prison stints into businesses

From prisoner to entrepreneur – Ralphy Dominguez – leathersmith
Ralphy Dominguez – leathersmith
– And here’s a copy of the recording from in case the link doesn’t work

Turning criminals into entrepreneurs

Instagram for prisoners

4 ways going to prison made me a better entrepreneur

How My Life as an Entrepreneur Shaped My Time in Prison

Coffee entrepreneur finds redemption in every cup

Texas program pushes business savvy, entrepreneurship as way to keep prisoners from returning

How this man built a $3m business a year on from four years in prison.

Ted talk – A former Missouri senator talks about entrepreneurialism in prison

Texas – Prison Entrepreneurship Program blog

PEP website – Texas

From Jail Cell To Studio: Drug Dealer Becomes Personal Trainer

San Quentin high-tech incubator forges coders, entrepreneurs



From Convict to Entrepreneur



Revathi Roy shares her journey in her new book

Ex-convicts return to jail as entrepreneurs, to instil hope in prisoners

Fashion flies free in Tihar Jail

Chandrapur jail inmates training to make bamboo articles


Middle East

How life in prison turned a murderess into entrepreneur


South Africa

Ex-prisoner turned coder encourages E-Skills graduates

SMME success story: ‘Best entrepreneurs can be sourced in prison”



Inside tracks: the recording studio offering musical escape in a Cameroon prison



Convicted Gold Coast gangster with bikie links goes from jail and cage fights to turning over six figures with unlikely new business ventures


Research papers

From inmates to entrepreneurs – How prison entrepreneurship can break the cycle of reoffending
Prison Entrepreneurs.pdf

The entrepreneurial aptitude of prison inmates and the potential benefit of self-employment training programs

Reducing Re-offending: The Enterprise Option

How social enterprise can help reduce re-offending

Self-employment is one of the few viable career alternatives for people released from prison.

The most important subjects for prisoners: “investing, self-employment, budgeting, and saving.”