Category Archive: Second Chance Act

Sep 13

Palm Beach County Program Partners with Probation Officers to Improve Reentry, One Youth at a Time

By Cynthia Thaler and Katy Albis A Palm Beach County probation officer speaks with youth under his supervision about the importance of reentry services. Steven’s path to college had a few detours. As a child, he was in and out of foster care, and at 17 he was placed in a Florida Department of Juvenile …

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Jul 28

U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff On July 27 the Senate Appropriations Committee approved by a 30-1 vote the $56.4 billion Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) spending bill, which provides $2.3 billion for Department of Justice (DOJ) state and local law enforcement and crime prevention grant programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism at the state …

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Jul 27

Troubleshooting Training: How Three Programs Prepare Volunteers to Mentor People Leaving Prison and Jail

By Katy Albis, CSG Justice Center Staff at the CSG Justice Center talked to three reentry programs with promising training practices about their experiences developing and delivering training to volunteer mentors. Photo credit: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com Training mentors to support the reentry population is not an exact science. For many reentry programs that offer mentoring services, the …

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Jul 14

Congressman Scott Taylor Supports Continued Funding for Second Chance Act

Office of Congressman Scott Taylor The CJS FY 2018 bill  provides $68 million in continued support for Second Chance Act programs. Second Chance, which was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008—authorizes federal grants for vital programs and systems reform aimed at improving the reentry process and …

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Jul 05

Imperial County Looks to Reduce Recidivism with Unique Education Program

California State Association of Counties By David Liebler Step inside this college classroom and at first glance, you will see a scene played out at many community colleges throughout California. Casually dressed coeds sit at their desks, listening to their instructor, answering questions and participating in discussions. Inspirational sayings can be found on the walls …

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Jun 13

Bill to Reauthorize Second Chance Act Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

By the CSG Justice Center Staff Second Chance Reauthorization Act Co-sponsors Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA] Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL] Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI] Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX] Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL] Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA] Rep. Walker, Mark [R-NC] Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA] Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA] Rep. Johnson, Bill …

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Jun 13

Congressmen Sensenbrenner Introduces the Second Chance Reauthorization Act

Office of U.S. Congressman Sensenbrenner Today, Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2017. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2017 builds on the success of the original Second Chance Act of 2008 and continues to authorize funding for both public and private entities to evaluate and improve academic and vocational education …

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Jun 12

Tucson Community Nonprofit Grows with a Change in Housing Programming

By Maureen Richey, CSG Justice Center Staff As the leaders of Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) can attest, the landscape of housing and reentry services is never static. For this nonprofit organization that serves people at risk of homelessness in Pima County, Arizona, the communities they work in, their clients, funding streams, and research into …

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Jun 12

Opinion: Prioritizing Corrections Reform Will Keep Offenders on Right Track

The Hill By John Wetzel and Heidi Washington  One of the most significant developments in criminal justice policy over the past 15 years has been the fundamental shift in thinking about the primary purpose of prisons and jails. Not long ago, corrections administrators saw their main responsibility as essentially ensuring the people they supervise didn’t …

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Jun 08

Capitol Hill Event Showcases Progress in Reentry and Recidivism Reduction

By the CSG Justice Center Staff U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) addresses attendees at the event on Capitol Hill. The National Reentry Resource Center and The Council of State Governments Justice Center today released two briefs at an event on Capitol Hill highlighting efforts to reduce recidivism in communities throughout the country. Making People’s Transition from …

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