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East Texas nonprofit hopes small loans and job training will ease the hardships of leaving prison

Formerly incarcerated Texans face numerous barriers to restart their lives. Without help from the state, the Next Chapter program in Lufkin is helping people released from prison get back on their feet.

Maurice Watts in San Augustine on October 4, 2022.

Doing whatever it takes 

From left: Kevin Taylor and Joe Ceasar pose for a portrait on October 4, 2022 in Lufkin, Texas.

Advocates say the state can do more to help 

Thinking about the future

Maurice Watts poses for a portrait on October 4, 2022 in San Augustine, Texas.

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