The Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, FL, started the Second Chance Farm three years ago, thanks to the leadership of Brandi Jenkins. The aim of the program is to develop skills, hope, and connection among incarcerated women by taking care of retired racehorses.
The women of the program say that being with the horses gives them something to look forward to every day. In addition, they learn important life skills that helps them secure a stable job after the program ends.
"I gave it a chance, and it's great! It's amazing! You know, just the opportunity we've been presented with here lately is amazing. I feel like it's heaven-sent! I mean, we come in this situation, and it's unfortunate. We feel like this is the end, but it's not!" - Akaysha Richardson, participant in the program