Hope for Prisoners graduation

Twenty-two men and women received certificates for completing an intense week-long course meant to serve as a jumping-off point for their new lives.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - Friday, Metro Police Department hosted the Hope for Prisoners organization for one of their graduation ceremonies. Hope for Prisoners was started by Jon Ponder, an ex-convict himself, to help people coming out of jail integrate back into society.

"We train folks on things, not only to be able to get a job and maintain it,” said Ponder. “But we come in and undergird them with a foundation to help them build up a brand-new life."

Twenty-two men and women received certificates for completing an intense week-long course meant to serve as a jumping-off point for their new lives.

"I work nights and I had to be at the program so I only got like 40 minutes of sleep the whole week,” said graduate, Ray Fernandez. “I slept like maybe 5 hours total."

Fernandez, cheered on by his wife, said it was all well worth it for a chance to turn things around after serving 12 years behind bars.

"I had to pay a price for all of that. Now, I see a future and I'm joyful."

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" I work nights and I had to be at the program so I only got like 40 minutes of sleep the whole week,” said graduate, Ray Fernandez. “I slept like maybe 5 hours total."

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