Issue: May 19, 2011

Do you believe in second chances?

We asked that question of four people on the street this week and every one of them said "yes." But our criminal-justice system doesn't quite work that way. For our Feature story this week, we take a look at two Chicoans who were convicted of felonies when they were young. Both have found job opportunities sparse, the willingness of potential employers to look past their felonies almost nonexistent. So, is there room for redemption?

In other news: The Rapture is upon us; medi-pot collectives face shut-down; saying goodbye to a beloved local doctor; and a local doula offers comfort through the pain of childbirth. Oh, and if you haven't seen Bridesmaids yet, I recommend it.

'Till next time,

Meredith J. Graham, managing editor