Yellow Ribbon Run

Running is the new black for many people in Prague these day. Either because they have decided to live a healthier lifestyle, or simply because they want to appear sexier on their pictures on Instagram. But running through the streets of the Czech capital dressed in a black T-shirt with a yellow ribbon sign has for a third consecutive year conveyed also a more powerful message.

It shows you care for your compatriots who made a mistake in their lives, served a sentence in a prison, and are eager to start a new chapter in their lives. It also means you acknowledge the fact ex-offenders might need a hand with getting back to normal, and that you are willing to help.

Last but not least, it tells everybody you are a supporter of the Yellow Ribbon Run project, a venture advancing public awareness and acceptance of reintegrating ex-offenders into society.

„Society that gives people with criminal records and their families a second chance for better life.“

History of the Yellow Ribbon Project

The Yellow Ribbon Project was first launched in Singapore in 2004 by the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders (CARE) Network. The concept of the Singapore Yellow Ribbon Run project is to “raise Awareness of the need to give second chances to ex-offenders and their families, generate Acceptance of ex-offenders and their families in the community and inspire community Action to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-offenders back into society.”

The YRR Project was inspired by the popular song ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree’ by Tony Orlando. The song describes a story of an ex-offender asking his wife to show forgiveness by tying a yellow ribbon around the oak tree. He eventually finds the city square bedecked with more than a hundred yellow ribbons.  The yellow ribbon has become the symbol of the campaign helping to reintegrate ex-offenders back into society.

Yellow Ribbon Run in the Czech Republic

The idea of organizing Yellow Ribbon Run in the Czech Republic was imported by Gabriela Slovaková, the Head of Svetlá nad Sázavou Prison. The concept was supported by the Prison Service Management, the Probation and Mediation Service, the Ministry of Justice and a non-profit organization Rubikon Centrum. 

The Yellow Ribbon Run project raises awareness of difficult employability of ex-offenders and their struggle with reintegration into society without any prejudices towards their criminal past. The very first run in the Czech Republic took place in 2016 as part of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon. In 2017 and 2018 runners among whom you could find current prisoners, ex-offenders, crime victims, probation officers, prison service officers, or even the Minister of Justice or top managers attended three running events – half marathon in April, marathon in May and relay in June.

Yellow Ribbon Run in 2018

  • 450 runners including 25 prisoners, 18 ex-offenders, 94 company managers
  • 45 organizations and companies
  • 18 companies give employment to prisoners and ex-offenders
  • 520 jobs for prisoners and 265 jobs for ex-offenders created


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