Sign the Petition to

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees

Every man, woman, and child has intrinsic dignity and value. Our greatest mistakes do not and should not ever define our identity. Because of this, we believe that after individuals who have committed crimes have paid their debt to their victim and community, they should be given opportunities to reintegrate back into the community.

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act provides funding for programs including mentoring, substance-abuse treatment, and job training for people returning from prison, jail, and youth detention facilities so they have the support they need to lead crime-free lives. In other words, Second Chance provides opportunities to individuals that pay off in public safety dividends for all.

I urge you to keep our communities safe by supporting the Second Chance Reauthorization Act.

Signed,

Justice Fellowship

How this will help

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act allows those who have completed their punishment an opportunity to transition back to their communities as law-abiding and contributing members of society. By...

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act allows those who have completed their punishment an opportunity to transition back to their communities as law-abiding and contributing members of society. By providing the resources needed to coordinate reentry services and policies at the state and local levels, the bill encourages communities to foster acceptance of formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth and provides second chances that pay off in public safety dividends.

The Second Chance Act was first passed by Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2008. Since then, states have seen dramatic decreases in recidivism rates as tens of thousands of men, women and youth returning home from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities have been served through mentoring, family-based substance abuse treatment, and other evidence-based reentry programs made available through the Second Chance Act. These critical programs may be in jeopardy if Congress does not pass the Second Chance Reauthorization Act.

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