SANTA ANA (AP) – When Yen Ly was released from behind bars this spring, she assumed it wouldn’t be long before she began committing credit card fraud again to keep up with bills while feeding a devastating meth habit.
This time, however, was different. Five months later, the 29-year-old single mother who had been convicted twice for identity theft is a fulltime beauty school student, performs community service and has consistently tested clean for drugs.
Ly also is on the leadership committee of a special center where low-level ex-cons can take classes, learn parenting skills, get job training and complete drug and alcohol counseling – all in the same place. She said the program gave her structure and confidence and helped her grow as a parent.
“I feel as if they’re giving me a second chance and I’m not going to waste it,” Ly said. “I’ve gone this far and…
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