Established in 2012, Second Chance Center, Inc. (SCC) is a Colorado based nonprofit organization determined to be the state’s premier community re-entry program and a model for the nation. SCC offers case management, mentoring, and vital resources to assist formerly incarcerated individuals in reestablishing their lives and becoming successful members of the community.
The cycle of criminal behavior is difficult to break and often involves a comprehensive approach to address a host of issues, including but not limited to substance abuse, violence, trauma and socioeconomic factors.
Our clients are often unaware of the impact these factors have had on the course of their lives and their ability to actively choose a better path, which is why we mentor our clients to wisely navigate their unique needs and circumstances and help them make the most of their second chance.
Led by the resolute vision of Executive Director, Hassan A. Latif, our team of caring professionals offer education, assistance, support and resources to the formerly incarcerated. SCC is transforming lives as they lower recidivism* and positively impact the community.
*A national metric monitored by the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership
"In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited to long to make."
- Lewis Carroll
Our goal is to help formerly incarcerated people transition to lives of success and fulfillment.
We provide the formerly incarcerated, and their network, with education, resources, and support to successfully re-enter the community and cultivate a rewarding life.
We are determined to reduce recidivism rates and protect future generations from the continuing cycle of incarceration.
We aim to transform the futures of formerly incarcerated people and how they are viewed in our country by reversing the negative impact of incarceration on communities and encouraging life-changing habits.
Our Core Values
We selflessly embrace all with love and hope.
We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of honesty and transparency.
We treat all people with respect, kindness, and compassion.
We advocate for increased assistance, fair treatment, and equitable laws for returning citizens.
We practice resilience through adversity.
We provide formerly incarcerated people with various essentials for community reintegration and public safety.
HASSAN A. LATIF
Hassan A. Latif, founded Second Chance Center (2012), a community re-entry agency dedicated to the successful transition of people returning from incarceration. SCC has grown to become the preeminent reentry agency in Colorado, maintaining a recidivism rate of under 9 % for participants involved in SCC programs. Aside from directing the daily activities pertaining to the delivery of client services and the
achievement of agency objectives, he conducts mentoring and reentry trainings for government and non-profit service providers nationally, facilitates transition planning sessions in Colorado Department of Corrections facilities statewide and authored the book “Never Going Back: 7 Steps to Staying Out of Prison” (PAPatterson Press 2012) and the curriculum based on same.
Hassan serves on Governor Polis’s Community Corrections Advisory Council, Governor’s Executive Clemency
Advisory Board As well as the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s (CCJRC) Board of Directors as its
Vice President. Likewise, he holds a seat on the Colorado Commission on Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) Reentry
Reform and Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems Task Forces and is the
Colorado Association of Addictions Professionals 2018 “Excellence in Leadership” award recipient.
Hassan was also awarded the Bonfils Stanton Foundation Livingston Fellowship for 2020.
Our Board of Directors
RHODA M. BLOUGH
Stewardship Consultant, Everence Financial
Human Resources Director, Jefferson County
HASSAN A. LATIF
Executive Director, Second Chance Center, Inc.
Primary Care Officer, Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment
Account Management, Colorado Housing & Finance Authority
Retirement Education Specialist, ICMA-RX Retirement
Services; Cornerstone Tax; Financial Solutions
REBECCA RIVERA-SERRANO, ED.D.
Affiliate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Financial Advisor, Capstone Investment Financial Group
ROBYN T. WILLIAMS
Attorney, Devlin Law Firm