Chuc Fondren prepares to leave East Moline Correctional Center after a four-year stint. It was a day he had long looked forward to.

Chuc Fondren will never forget the day he anxiously walked out of prison. Incarceration was “terrible,” he says. Now he is focused on moving forward.

“You gotta provide for yourself, you gotta be in there reading books,” he says. “You gotta be in there teaching yourself, working out, getting it together, you know what I’m saying? You can’t expect nobody to get you right.”

Photo fellow Grace Donnelly documented the first steps in his journey back into society.

Grace is a photojournalism fellow at The Chicago Reporter.

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