Former Inmate, Now UMPI Student, Highlights Benefits of Second Chances
Anthony Brino, The County
Shyquinn Dix is wrapping up his sophomore year as a student-athlete at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Dix has more than grades and basketball on his mind; he wants to prove to his family, friends, and to himself that second chances matter.
Dix grew up in Stamford,Connecticut. He was serving a four-year sentence for check fraud when he enrolled in a German-inspired Connecticut prison intervention program for young adults. Known as TRUE, the program takes young prisoners into a new housing wing and offers mentorship, job and skills training, and personal development classes with the goal of lowering the recidivism rate for former inmates.