Category: Second Chance Act

President Trump Signs First Step Act into Law, Reauthorizing Second Chance Act

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff Today, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation to reform the federal prison system. The First Step Act, which passed the U.S. Senate 87-12 and the House 358-36, will usher in significant changes to federal sentencing laws as well as improvements to programs that aim to …

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The Council of State Governments Justice Center Commends Senate Passage of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff Megan Quattlebaum speaks to an audience of bipartisan legislators at a Second Chance Act anniversary reception in April 2018. The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to approve the landmark, bipartisan First Step Act, which makes changes to sentencing laws and provides people with the resources and tools they …

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Portman, Leahy Announce Second Chance Reauthorization Act to Help Ex-Offenders Incorporated into Criminal Justice Reform Package

Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that their bipartisan Second Chance Reauthorization Act, has been incorporated into the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Cory …

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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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Reentry Matters: Second Chance Act 10th Anniversary Edition

The National Reentry Resource Center and the CSG Justice Center released a new edition of Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Second Chance Act (SCA). Enacted with bipartisan support, SCA helps state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to …

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Infographic: States Deliver Results (2018)

This brief from the National Reentry Resource Center and the CSG Justice Center profiles 11 states that have experienced impressive declines in their return-to-prison rates since recidivism was at its most recent peak in each state. Using the most up-to-date data from Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and …

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2018 Second Chance Act Orientation for Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Grant Program

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Download a PDF of the presentation. In this webinar, representatives from the NRRC, along with staff from BJA, provide an overview of the Second Chance Act’s Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse …

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2018 Second Chance Act Community-Based Adult Reentry Program: Category 1 Orientation

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. During this webinar, grantees under Category 1 of the FY2018 SCA Community-based Adult Reentry Program received information about the grant program. This information includes steps for getting the program started, …

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2018 Second Chance Act Grantee Orientation

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. During this webinar, representatives from the National Reentry Resource Center explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees. Staff from the U.S. Department of Justice’s …

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Vermont’s Statewide Recidivism Reduction Strategy: Highlights and Progress

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