Category Archive: Second Chance Act

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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Jun 08

Apply Now: Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning Program

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the FY 2017 Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning Program. State correctional agencies (state departments of corrections or community corrections) or State Administering Agencies (SAAs) are eligible to apply for this grant, which will provide funding for agencies …

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Jun 08

Making People’s Transition from Prison and Jail to the Community Safe and Successful: A Snapshot of National Progress in Reentry

This brief highlights advancements made in state and local governments’ approaches to reentry and reducing recidivism since the passage of the Second Chance Act in 2008. It underscores the involvement of diverse constituencies and systems in these efforts, the field’s increasing understanding and application of what works to reduce recidivism, and promising recidivism outcomes in …

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May 25

U.S. Senate Members Express Support for Key Justice Programs

By CSG Justice Center Staff Congressional leaders in May took strong bipartisan action in support of three programs—the Second Chance Act (SCA), 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 local and state level. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ …

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