Category: government affairs

Portman and Leahy Introduce Second Chance Reauthorization Act to Reduce Recidivism and Help Ex-Offenders, as Congress Considers Criminal Justice Reform

Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday introduced their Second Chance Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and amend the Second Chance Act, a law that supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism. Then-Congressman Portman originally authored the Second Chance Act with the …

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

Funding bill provides greater investment in programs that increase public safety and reduce recidivism. By CSG Justice Center Staff The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which provides $30.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and includes $2.87 billion for various state and local …

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U.S. House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

Funding bill provides greater investment in programs that increase public safety and reduce recidivism. By CSG Justice Center Staff The House Appropriations Committee recently approved the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill on a vote of 32-19. The bill provides $30.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and includes $2.9 …

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First Step Act Glides Through House with Bipartisan Support

Office of U.S. Congressman Doug Collins Today the House passed the FIRST STEP Act with overwhelming bipartisan support, sending the bill to the Senate. Introduced by Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), the prison reform bill, which also has the support of President Donald Trump, would lower recidivism and prison populations through rehabilitative programing. …

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U.S. Senators Express Support for Vital Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Senators in April took strong bipartisan action in support of three programs for FY2019—the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI)—aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the state and local level. U.S. Sens. Rob Portman …

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10-Year Anniversary of the Second Chance Act Celebrated on Capitol Hill

By CSG Justice Center Staff As policymakers continue to focus on the importance of safe and successful reentry among people leaving prisons and jails, and with President Trump designating April 2018 “Second Chance Month,” a group of national leaders paused last week to reflect on the impact of the Second Chance Act—a law passed in …

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President Trump Designates April “Second Chance Month”

By CSG Justice Center Staff President Trump on March 30 named April 2018 “Second Chance Month,” urging communities to raise awareness about preventing crime and providing people who have completed their prison or jail sentences with “an opportunity for an honest second chance.” The announcement comes on the heels of the strong action in support …

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April 2018 as Second Chance Month

The White House During Second Chance Month, our Nation emphasizes the need to prevent crime on our streets, to respect the rule of law by prosecuting individuals who break the law, and to provide opportunities for people with criminal records to earn an honest second chance.  Affording those who have been held accountable for their crimes …

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Congress Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

Funding bill provides greater investment in reentry and mental health treatment programs that increase public safety By CSG Justice Center Staff Last week, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice …

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Opinion: Congress Can Help Strengthen Families and Communities by Acting on Criminal Justice Reform

The Hill By U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) Families are the basic building block of society. I‘ve witnessed this reality after nearly two decades in ministry counseling individuals and families from all walks of life. I noticed that when family life thrived, so too did my congregation. Inversely, when families suffered, the negative effects reached …

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