Dept. of Probation’s photography program lets participants to learn new skill, pursue careers

The Department of Probation has been implementing programs to help people turn their lives around.

News 12 Staff

Oct 10, 2019, 4:25 PM

Updated 1,707 days ago

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The Department of Probation has been implementing programs to help people turn their lives around.
One program in particular, a photography workshop, is giving participants around the city a chance to develop their skills - with some going off to purse it as a career.
Moshelle Fisher Scott reflects back to the moment she had a run-in with the law.
"It was very traumatic for me. I ended up having to do probation for three years. I thought I would never get a job," says Scott.
A bad decision that has changed the course of people's lives, but for some it has been an opportunity at a second chance.
The city's Department of Probation offers a free 12-week photography course called "Neon."
The program gives participants like Dylan Henry access to pursue a career in the business and even have a shot at teaching others.
"I have my own apartment now and a great job and I'm really proud, my mom could brag about me. She didn't get to do that when I was young," says Henry.
The workshops are open to the public throughout the city. In September, participants were chosen to showcase their work for a gallery in Manhattan called New Visions: Activism Through the Lens.
Each photo depicts what they see through a lens. Their stories, neighborhood, struggles and beauty. It also shines a light on changes the criminal justice system is striving for.
"It's not perfect, but I think the way probation has changed and some of the reforms they made are definitely a plus. They are really trying to do away with older practices and engage people more," says Scott.


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