Excerpt from WUSA9, published April 12, 2023

Written by Jess Arnold

WASHINGTON — April is National Second Chance Month, and some DC groups are coming together at a hackathon to find solutions to the challenges returning citizens face.

first started organizing these hackathons eight years ago. Teresa Hodge founded the organization in 2012 after she got out of prison.

“I served a 70-month federal prison sentence, and when I came home, I created the solutions that I felt like I would need,” Hodge said.

One of her focuses became on harnessing technology to help others facing a similar situation she did.

“Before going to prison, I was a technology early adopter. And while I was in prison, you know, I always laugh and tell people that Twitter, the whole social media buzz happened while I was in prison, I couldn’t understand like, what’s a tweet? Who’s tweeting? What’s going on?” Hodge said. “When I came home, I recognized that technology was void in this space. And I felt like that’s why reentry was really inefficient.”