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Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Given Second Chance Working at Pizza Shop

News Week: Catherine Ferris | August 13, 2021

Re-entering society after serving time in jail or prison is difficult, but a North Philadelphia pizzeria aims to break the cycle of recidivism among formerly incarcerated men and women.

Down North Pizza owner Muhammad Abdul-Hadi is working to make a difference in the area by hiring exclusively formerly incarcerated men and women.

"I was into real estate and I had property in this particular area," Abdul-Hadi told Newsweek. "I wanted to do something for the area."

He said he developed the concept in 2018 and took the time to work through any difficulties that came his way.

Through hard work and building a routine, Down North Pizza opened its doors to the public and offered a new opportunity to those formerly incarcerated.

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