08/05/2015 10:52 BST | Updated 08/05/2015 10:59 BST

Formerly Convicted Women Get Makeovers To Help Them Transition From Prison To The Community

A group of formerly convicted women were given a confidence boost on Thursday when some talented stylists gave them a makeover.

The Fortune Society - a charity that helps people re-entering society from prison - has been working with MAC cosmetics for the past three years.

Stylists and makeup artists from the company gave 30 women a makeover in a halfway house in New York to mark Mother's Day in America.


“Trying to return to work after being labeled an ex-con is extremely hard,” Fortune senior vice president Stanley Richards said, according to Epoch Times.

“As a society we’re really good at holding people accountable for what they did but we’re terrible at helping people rebuild their lives.”

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Events such as the makeover day organised by The Fortune Society aim to reduce the likelihood that formerly convicted individuals will return to prison.

The charity estimates their programs have helped participants avoid more than 88,000 days in jail and prison in one year, saving the City and State of New York over $8 million (£5 million).


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