Coalition Letter: Thank you for supporting the Second Chance Act

September 4, 2009

Dear Chairmen Mikulski and Mollohan and Ranking Members Shelby and Wolf:

Thank you for your support for the Second Chance Act prisoner reentry grants. We appreciate your leadership on behalf of the program and ask for your continued support as you conference the FY2010 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill.

Our diverse organizations represent constituencies working to improve reentry from prisons and jails. We write to express our support of the House mark of $100 million for the Second Chance Act in FY2010. As you know, over 700,000 individuals are expected to be released from federal and state prisons this year and over 9 million individuals are expected to be released from jail. The Second Chance Act will provide our communities with the services and tools to improve reentry and reduce recidivism.

The Second Chance Act is a common sense, evidence-based approach to reducing crime and improving public safety. By providing the resources needed to coordinate reentry services and policies at the state, tribal and local level, the Second Chance Act ensures that the tax dollars spent on corrections do not simply fuel a revolving door in and out of prison and jail.

State, tribal and local governments and nonprofit organizations around the country are eager to launch and expand innovative reentry programs, and families and communities are desperate to access the services the Second Chance Act will provide. In FY2009, more than 600 applications for Second Chance Act grants were received—far exceeding the available funding. The House FY2010 Commerce-Justice-Science bill provides sufficient funding for the Second Chance Act to meet the high demand for reentry programming, including reentry courts, job training, and substance abuse treatment.

Again, we thank you for your support of the Second Chance Act. With your continued leadership, the program will provide the needed resources to improve recidivism rates and better transition individuals into our communities from jails and prisons.

Sincerely,

Council of State Governments Justice Center
A.R.R.O. (Advocacy, Re Entry, Resources and Outreach), Lansing, MI
A.T. Roseborough & Associates, Inc.
AdvoCare, Inc., Hancock, MD / Great Cacapon, WV
All of Us or None Oklahoma
Alston Wilkes Society, Columbia, SC
America Works of New York, Inc.
American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association
American Correctional Association
American Correctional Chaplains Association
American Federation of Government Employees
American Friends Service Committee
American Jail Association
American Probation and Parole Association
Anderson Professional Training Services
Association of State Correctional Administrators
Benedict Center, Milwaukee, WI
Beyond the Conviction, Kansas City, MO
Campaign for Youth Justice
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Social Services of Lackawanna County of the Diocese of Scranton, PA
Center for Women in Transition, St. Louis, MO
Center Point, Inc., San Rafael, CA
Centre, Inc., ND
CentrePeace, Inc., Bellefonte, PA
Chaska Police Department, Chaska, MN
Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness
Chicago Jobs Council
Church of Scientology
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Colorado CURE
Community Information Center, Portland, OR
Community Reentry Services, Cottonwood, CA
Conextions, Inc.
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Correctional Education Association
Criminon International
Delaware Center for Justice
Disciples Justice Action Network
Dismas Charities Inc.
Dismas House of Kansas City, Inc.
Drug Policy Forum of Texas
Employment Connection, St. Louis, MO
Episcopal Church
Faces & Voices of Recovery
Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM)
Family Justice
Fight for Lifers West, Pittsburgh, PA
First Stop-Second Chance (FSSC), Birmingham, AL
Fortune Society, New York, NY
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Hand Up Ministries, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK
Haymarket Center, Chicago, IL
HeArt Mentoring, Cottonwood, CA
Hiller & Associates, Oklahoma City, OK
Hope Outreach Homeless Ministry, Enid OK
Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative
International Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)
International Community Corrections Association
Jewish Prisoner Services International
JIFF, Inc., Memphis, TN
Justice Maryland
Kansas City Community Center, MO
Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, Kansas City, MO
Legal Action Center
Light of the Whirl, Kansas City, MO
Living Room, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Mental Health America
Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, MO - Business Technology Campus
Missouri Association for Social Welfare - Criminal Justice Task Force
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.
National Alliance of Faith and Justice
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
National Association of Counties
National Association of Juvenile Correctional Agencies
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. Prison Ministry and Criminal Justice Coalition
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Correctional Industries Association
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) - St. Louis Area, MO
National Crime Prevention Council
National Criminal Justice Association
National Employment Law Project
National H.I.R.E. Network
National Policy and Advocacy Council on Homelessness (NPACH)
National Trust for the Development of African American Men
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
New Jersey Association on Correction
North Lawndale Employment Network, Chicago, IL
Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Arlington County, VA
Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Richmond, VA
Ohio Justice & Policy Center, Cincinnati, OH
Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections (OJACC)
Oklahoma CURE
Old Pueblo Community Services, Tucson, AZ
Oriana House, Inc., Akron, Cleveland, and Tiffin, OH
Pendulum Foundation, Denver, CO
Plumas Rural Services, Quincy, CA
Prison Communities International, Inc.
Resource Information Help for the Disadvantaged, Highland Springs, VA
Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations
S.T.O.P. Organization Against Crime and Violence, Kansas City, MO
Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Safer Foundation, Chicago, IL
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Sarita Lynne Ministries, N. Kansas City, MO
SEARCH Homeless Services, Houston, TX
Sentencing Project
Society of St. Vincent DePaul - St. Louis Council (Missouri)
South Carolina Reentry Initiative (SCRI)
Southern Colorado CURE, Colorado Springs, CO
St. Leonard’s Ministries, Chicago, IL
State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS)
TASC Illinois
The National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
The Work First Foundation
Therapeutic Communities of America
Third Way
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
Victory Circle Peer Support, Inc., Springfield, MO
Wellness, Redemption, & Rehabilitation Program, Inc., Las Vegas, NV
WestCare Foundation
Women of Reform Judaism
Word of Hope Ministries, Milwaukee, WI
Xtreme Soulutions, Marion County, GA
YouthBuild USA