New Book A SECOND CHANCE by Catherine Hoke of Defy Ventures Shows How Each of Us Can Be Transformed When Given a Second Chance

What if you were only known for the worst thing you’ve ever done?

BOULDER, Colo.--()--Mass incarceration is being called the civil rights issue of our time. Though the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, it is home to 25 percent of the world’s prison population.1 This legacy of mass incarceration is handed down from one generation to the next: 70 percent of children with an incarcerated parent will follow in their footsteps.2

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A SECOND CHANCE (February 27, 2018; The Domino Project) by Catherine Hoke, is a discovery of human resilience, courage, and what she calls “America’s most overlooked talent pool.” A combination of forgiveness, hope, and entrepreneurship give both the incarcerated and people released from prison a second chance at becoming healthy, happy, contributing members of society. Cat asks us all to “step to the line,” find common ground, and build a more just and equitable world.

In this inspiring and deeply human book, Cat teaches us that we all need a second chance at some point. Her gripping story of redemption gives each of us permission to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we’ve made in the past and move forward more resilient and stronger than ever. She shares her personal story of her eye-opening experience of working in prisons, witnessing transformation, and responding to what she saw by founding a revolutionary organization to further her mission.

A SECOND CHANCE is about new beginnings, forgiveness, letting go of shame, and the power of possibility. This book demonstrates how to unlock the potential within the prison system, forging an entrepreneurial path to rehabilitation and fulfillment.

A SECOND CHANCE is a book not only for people in prison or policymakers but a book for all readers about transformation and believing in your potential to change your own life.

About Catherine Hoke

After being given a second chance of her own, Cat founded Defy Ventures, a national nonprofit organization that “transforms the hustle” of currently and formerly incarcerated people. Cat overcame a public scandal and crippling shame, and transformed it into a powerful tale of healing and redemption. Her vision is to end mass incarceration by using entrepreneurship as a tool to transform legacies and human potential.

In 2017, Catherine was named a Forbes “40 Women to Watch Over 40.” She was named a #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change by WIRED and Nokia for being one of “17 Global Influencers Expanding Human Possibility Through Technology.” Catherine also received the MDC Partners Humanitarian Award on behalf of Defy Ventures. She was named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and is an Ashoka Fellow.

About Defy Ventures

Defy Ventures offers intensive personal and leadership development, competition-based entrepreneurship training, executive mentoring, financial investment, and business incubation. By engaging top corporate executives, investors, and entrepreneurs, Defy catalyzes personal and economic opportunities for people with criminal histories, and shatters perceptions of one of the most stigmatized and overlooked populations in America. Learn more at





On Sale: FEBRUARY 27 • ISBN 978-0-999-669501-1• Price: $24.95


2Smith, Barbara E. and Sharon Goretsky Elstein. Children on Hold: Improving the Response to Children Whose Parents Are Arrested and Incarcerated. Washington, D.C.: American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, 1994. Cited in Bernstein, Nell. All Alone in the World: Children of the Incarcerated: New York; London: The New Press, 2005. P.9


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New Book A SECOND CHANCE by Catherine Hoke of Defy Ventures Shows How Each of Us Can Be Transformed When Given a Second Chance.

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