Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction Program

This program helps executive-branch policymakers and state corrections departments plan and implement systemwide reforms aimed at reducing recidivism.

Recent Posts

Pennsylvania Poised to Reform Probation and Parole

Pennsylvania Poised to Reform Probation and Parole

Pennsylvania has the highest rate of people on parole in the country and a ballooning probation population, but three Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) bills that passed the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month could change that.

Second Chance Act Q&A: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

Second Chance Act Q&A: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

“Reentry is a process. It begins when individuals first enter our corrections system, not when they are about to exit it. We assess their needs, engage them in a plan for the future, provide them opportunities for positive change through treatment and programming, and equip them with job skills and healthy relationship habits.”

Second Chance Month Q&A: U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner

Second Chance Month Q&A: U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner

“Since the Second Chance Act was implemented, more than 160,000 men, women, and youth have benefitted from Second Chance Act grants. For example, in my home state of Wisconsin, we saw a 20 percent decrease in recidivism over a 10-year period after implementing reentry support programs. I’d call that a success.”

Second Chance Month Q&A: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

Second Chance Month Q&A: Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson

For people who have been convicted of a crime, a second chance can mean greater opportunity for a productive life. As governor, I’ve made a priority of exploring ways that we give the people inside our prisons and jails a bona fide second chance by preparing them for life before they leave prison.

New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Victims Legislation Signed into Law

New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Victims Legislation Signed into Law

Under the new law, eligibility for victim compensation will be expanded to include victims who confide in a licensed medical or mental health care provider (including a tribal care provider) about the crime. Before, eligibility was limited only to victims who reported the crime to law enforcement within 30 days.

Announcements

[Register for Webinar] Innovative Programming for Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

[Register for Webinar] Innovative Programming for Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar will focus on the programming developed specifically for veterans in two jurisdictions—the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in California—and explain how these jurisdictions developed partnerships with their Veterans Affairs resources and other entities in their criminal justice systems.

National Conference on Higher Education in Prison

National Conference on Higher Education in Prison

This annual conference will bring people together to support the expansion of quality higher education in prison, discuss how to empower students in prison and after release, and to work to shape public discussion about education and incarceration.

WEBINARS

Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Addressing the Needs of Veterans in the Criminal Justice System

This webinar provides an overview of national estimates of incarcerated veterans; explains components of the Veterans Health Administration’s veterans justice programs; expands awareness of the needs of veterans in the justice system; and discusses new developments in the Veterans Administration and community interventions to provide services to veterans in the justice system.

Publications

JRI State Summaries

JRI State Summaries

Summaries for Georgia, North Carolina, and South Dakota are now available, and additional summaries will be published through September 2020.

Promoting Reentry Success through Increased Access to Social Security Benefits

Promoting Reentry Success through Increased Access to Social Security Benefits

This publication examines how jails across the United States are implementing the Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model, which is designed to help people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness with access to Social Security Administration disability benefits.

Justice Denied: The Harmful and Lasting Effects of Pretrial Detention

Justice Denied: The Harmful and Lasting Effects of Pretrial Detention

This evidence brief presents information on the way that pretrial detention is currently used, summarizes research on its impacts, and highlights strategies that some jurisdictions have employed to reduce the use of monetary bail and increase pretrial release.

RECENT HEADLINES

Ending Mass Incarceration Won’t Succeed without Giving People a Second Chance

This focus on an incarcerated person’s overall well-being represents a shift in how reentry programs are modeled, Carrie Pettus-Davis, an associate professor at Florida State University says. It’s based on helping them develop healthy thinking patterns, effective coping strategies, meaningful work trajectories, positive social engagement, and favorable interpersonal relationships.

[Opinion] How I ‘Jump-Started’ My Life after Prison

My story, and others celebrated during April, provide support for a wholesale rethinking of America’s approach to extreme prison sentences. Incarceration must be based on acceptance of responsibility and taking steps to improve your life, not simply to punish.

$600 Million Available for Rural Broadband

According to the USDA, funds will be awarded to projects that have financially sustainable business models that will bring high-speed broadband to rural homes, businesses, farms, ranches and community facilities such as first responders, health care sites and schools.

Palm Beach County Celebrates Second Chance Month in April

Palm Beach County will honor Second Chance Month with multiple events highlighting its efforts to help adults and juveniles transition from prison or jail back into the community. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 95% of people who enter prison will eventually be released back into our communities. Second Chance Month recognizes the Second Chance Act—a law passed by Congress in 2008 and reauthorized in 2018 that supports work to improve reentry outcomes in communities across the county.