AMERICA releases 700,000 prisoners a year. Their prospects are bleak. Three-quarters drink too much or take drugs. One in six has mental-health problems. Most struggle to find a job or a place to stay. Within three years, two-thirds of them are back in prison.
Updates from Capitol Hill
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For the hundreds of thousands of ex-offenders released from prison every year, the message is simple: get out and stay out.
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and in the House by Congressmen Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Howard Coble (R-NC), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Spencer Bachus (R-AL) and Steve Chabot (R-OH).
The Justice Department has awarded more than $62 million in grants to strengthen efforts to help people returning from prison rejoin their communities and become productive, law-abiding citizens.
On Wednesday, U. S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Second Chance Act, a law that supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sen. Rob Portman is leading the effort to reauthorize the Second Chance Act, bipartisan legislation that he originally authored with the late Democratic Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Cleveland.
Washington, D.C.—In an extraordinary display of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressmen Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) came together today to mark the five-year anniversary of the Second Chance Act and to announce that they, along with other Senate and House leaders, will be introducing legislation reauthorizing the landmark act today. To read the press release for this event, click here.
The program snapshots in this publication illustrate the positive impact these reentry initiatives can have by focusing on areas vital to successful reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.
July 25, 2013 — On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee (CJS) 2014 Appropriations Bill, which includes $1 million to support a task force aimed at reviewing the federal corrections system.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) approved the fiscal year 2014 bill that funds Department of Justice (DOJ) programs. The bill funds DOJ at $26.3 billion, a decrease of $720 million (3 percent) from the fiscal year 2013 enacted level.