Second Chance Act

December 30, 2014

Smart criminal justice programs funded by Congress

In encouraging news for smart approaches to crime, Congress recently passed the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which includes $26.7 billion to support United States Department of Justice programs, including the Second Chance Act, justice reinvestment and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration. The Second Chance Act, enacted in 2008, authorizes […]
September 30, 2014

Senate committee votes to reauthorize Second Chance Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee recently approved the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which would extend the Second Chance Act for an additional four years. The act, authored by U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rob Portman (R-OH), provides resources to state and local governments and community-based organizations in support of reentry […]
May 28, 2014

Report finds reentry programs help to manage corrections costs, reduce recidivism

A report by the National Conference of State Legislatures has found that reentry programs not only help to manage corrections costs, they also can lead to reduced crime and recidivism. The report, “Managing Corrections Costs,” examined budget trends, changes to sentencing and corrections policies, the actions that are being taken […]
February 19, 2014

Applications open for ‘smart supervision’ grant program

The grant program, Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities, created under the Second Chance Act, is now accepting applications from state, local and tribal agencies throughout the United States. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the grant provides resources to […]