Second Chances

Life is not over after conviction. NCSU believes in Second Chances.

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According to the United Nations' office on Drugs and Crime, imprisonment disproportionately affects individuals and families living in poverty. When an income generating member of the family is imprisoned the rest of the family must adjust to this loss of income. The impact can be especially severe in poor, underdeveloped countries where the government does not provide financial assistance to the indigent and where it is common for one breadwinner to financially support an extended family network. The family then experiences financial losses as a result of the imprisonment of one of its members, exacerbated by the new expenses that must be met, such as the cost of a lawyer and transport to see the imprisoned. When released, typically with very few prospects for employment, former prisoners are generally subject to socio-economic exclusion and are therefore vulnerable to an endless cycle of poverty, marginalization, criminality and imprisonment. Imprisonment directly contributes to the impoverishment of the prisoner, of his family and of society by creating future victims and reducing future potential economic performance. This often creates a generational impact that is difficult to inverse. This program “Second Chances” allows for an opportunity to change not only the life of the individual, but quite possibly family, extended family and future generations.


Although we have designed this course for those who have committed non-violent crimes, anyone who has broken the law can benefit from this course. A list of a few noted individuals who have broken the law, served time in prison and committed themselves to changing their lives can be found below. Something that each of the recognized individuals has in common, is that they found something positive that they were passionate about, and committed themselves to finding success in it. We at National Cyber Security University are committed to giving individuals the tools and support needed to aid in success and igniting the passion necessary to build confidence.

"In Order To Catch A Thief, It Takes A Thief"

Below, you will find some inspiring individuals who were once incarcerated, then changed their lives by committing themselves to change. We at National Cyber Security offer the educational structure and support to allow for individuals to have the opportunity for change.

Most parents would have second thoughts leaving their child alone with the hulking and heavily-tattooed Larry Lawton. After all, he used to be one of America’s most notorious jewel thieves. At one point, he was on top of the FBI’s most wanted list on the eastern seaboard. However, the Lawton of today has entirely focused himself on another mission—to use his own experience in educating and saving young people from a life of crime and imprisonment.

Lawton attributed this incredible turnaround to one moment during his twelve years at federal prison. One of his new-found friends committed suicide in his cell, and Lawton—who was in solitary confinement at the time—felt helpless to save him. After he got out, Lawton established his program, Lawton 911, to help at-risk youth from committing the same mistakes he did. Lawton’s sincere efforts have not gone unnoticed—he was recently designated an “honorary police officer” by the local police, the first such ex-convict in the US to receive the honor.

Eugene Brown served time in a New Jersey prison after a robbery attempt. During his prison stay he met his future mentor, a man named Massey, who taught him how to play chess. Brown realized that chess was a metaphor for life, and later established a chess club that also taught life lessons. Brown became a successful businessman, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. will play the starring role in a movie based on his life.

When Frank William Abagnale was only 16 years old he began his career as a conman (pretending to be a doctor, college professor, lawyer and airline pilot), eventually writing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks. He went to prison for five years. Since his release, he has cooperated with the government and runs a consulting firm that helps agencies debunk fraud. A movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks was made based on his life story.

Frenchman Eugene-Francois Vidocq was jailed multiple times in his youth for false identity and even theft. He turned his life around and later worked with the police as a spy. Ironically, the modern-day French National Police force was founded by his tactics and expertise. His stories are also the basis of Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous Sherlock Holmes.

Gregory Evans ran a hi-tech criminal empire in the 90's, making over $1 million a week. He was sentence to 24 months in prison and order to pay back $9.8 million. He now is the most recognize cyber security consultant to consumers and businesses around the world. He has trained FBI, Homeland Security, DEA, ATF, IRS, US Marshals and over 20 other Federal Law Enforcement agencies. He has also taken three cyber security companies public on the stock market.

Actor Christian Slater suffered some setbacks when he served 59 days in jail after assault on his girlfriend and a police officer. He had been arrested prior to that for drunk driving, boarding a plane with a gun and another episode of assault. After jail and rehab, he was able to successfully turn his career around and enjoy a comeback.

Before he was known as Malcolm X, Malcolm Little says he committed acts of petty larceny while hustling in Harlem and Boston. During his jail time, Malcolm converted to Islam and became a powerful leader, preaching a message of peace and standing up for African-American rights.

Robert Downey, Jr has served jail time for multiple drug-related charges (involving heroin, marijuana and cocaine). He also attempted multiple rehabilitation and drug treatment programs. Although he has been candid about his battle with addiction, he has since enjoyed a comeback and starred in several blockbuster films.

Before he became a famous rapper, Curtis Jackson III (aka 50 Cent) served a six-month boot camp sentence (instead of his original three-to-nine years) for drug-related charges. While in prison, he earned his GED and was determined to make it as a rapper. His first album was a hit, and he continues to make music along with other business aspirations.

Danny Trejo was in and out of prisons for charges relating to both robbery and drugs. He finally turned his life around and broke free of his addictions. He now plays the tough guy onscreen in many television shows and action films.

Uchendi Nwani served six and a half months of labor at a federal boot camp for drug dealing, interrupting his college studies. After his stint, he lived in a halfway house and cut hair at the university salon where he resumed studies. He opened his own barber shop and later school after graduation. He shares his success by traveling nationwide, motivating others to follow their dreams even in the midst of adversity.


After completing the prerequisite (see below for a list of prerequisite courses), you can choose from the following certification.


Students receive a weekly reminder email letting them know which courses they have yet to complete.
This increases student engagement and ultimately, course completion.

A copy of the weekly report to be forwarded to probation department, courts, your your supervisor,
so they can keep track of the students progress.


  • Every student must be affiliated with a government agency such as a state or federal probation department, parole department, or a non-profit 501c3 that works with ex-offenders. If currently in state or federal prison, must have less than 2 years remaining on their sentence.
  • Must be over the age of 16.
  • Yearly house hold income is less than $20,000 year.
  • Has not been convicted of a violent crime, crimes using a weapon or murder.
  • Must have access to a cell phone, computer or tablet with internet access.


  • A letter from a registered organization that you are affiliated with listed above under "Requirements". If your organization is not partnered with National Cyber Security University, they can contact us at (888) 8-TEACH-U (888-883-2248) Ext. 3.
  • After we have received the letter, go to the signup page to continue.

Second Chances includes these courses

Changing Your Mind Set
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Discovering Computers
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Microsoft Office
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Mastering Business and Entrepreneurship
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How To Build A Website
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