Restaurants Can Be a Lifeline for the Formerly Incarcerated — and Vice Versa

June 23, 2017

These programs keep people out of prison and in the kitchen

“I didn’t picture it like this,” says Darwin Hailey of his life after prison. Hailey is the executive sous chef at Edwins, a French fine dining restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. He got the job after completing six months at Edwins’s own Leadership and Training Institute, a program designed to train people who have served time in prison for careers in the restaurant industry.

Karen Webb, a current student at Edwins, spent 13 years in prison; during that time, she worked as a baker. She says a strawberry Jell-O