The Ultimate Christmas Gift: A Second Chance

Chad Latham has had a pretty good run of holiday gifts the past two years. Last December, President Obama granted Latham clemency; the 38-year-old was released from prison after serving 10 years for growing marijuana. As a kid, Latham had always been interested in computers, and after getting out of the joint he wanted to find his way back into the field. He enrolled in the immersive web development program at Galvanize’s Seattle campus and graduated this fall. For Christmas this year, Latham received another remarkable present: He recently accepted a job as a front-end web developer at Amazon. “My entire life just changed,” Latham says. “I feel like I’ve got a new chance at life now—a really good life.”

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