CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
A Charlottesville-based nonprofit is helping ex-convicts overcome the thousands of dollars some accumulate while theyre doing time.
The Fountain Fund is managed by a team that includes former prosecutors who put people behind bars but also see a system in need of reform.
Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy started The Fountain Fund in 2016 after learning from a man he prosecuted about the debt that added up while he was behind bars.
The fund says it’s seeing life-changing returns from these low-interest loan investments.
David Payne is one such person who’s received help from the fund. Though Payne is now an assistant manager at Jiffy Lube, it wasn’t too long ago that he was living a different kind …