MORE INFORMATION: The Second Chance Act

December 6, 2007

The Second Chance Act, S.1060, is bipartisan legislation that would:

  • Provide competitive demonstration grants to promote innovative programs focused on job training, education, housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health, children and families.
  • Reauthorize and improve existing federal, state and local government offender reentry programs and authorize grants for research into the causes of recidivism and methods to improve education and vocational training during incarceration.
  • Establish a National Offender Re-Entry Resource Center to assist states and local governments, service providers, faith-based organizations, correction and community organizations. A Federal Taskforce would identify programs and resources, develop interagency initiatives and report to Congress on federal barriers to successful reentry.

Background information from the Urban Institute on he Second Chance Act of 2007