President Trump Designates April "Second Chance Month"

April 4, 2018

President Trump on March 30 named April 2018 “Second Chance Month,” urging communities to raise awareness about preventing crime and providing people who have completed their prison or jail sentences with “an opportunity for an honest second chance."

U.S. Department of Justice Announces FY2017 Second Chance Act Awards to Support Reentry Initiatives for Adults and Youth

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced $36 million in FY2017 Second Chance Act (SCA) grants that were awarded to 68 jurisdictions across the country.

Second Chance Act Participant Spotlight: Sharon Hadley, Harris County, Texas

When Sharon Hadley arrived at Santa Maria Hostel in July 2012, she had just completed the latest in her decade-long string of sentences for drug-related offenses. “Now that I look back over my life, I can see how the wheels started coming off even before I really knew it," Hadley said. "I recidivated 13 times. Each incarceration was longer and longer, and I was more and more hopeless.”

Watch: Gov. Reynolds of Iowa Meets Face to Face with People Incarcerated at a Maximum Security Facility

During their visit, Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg met with inmates participating in Iowa’s largest apprenticeship program, in addition to leading a roundtable discussion with many of the program’s stakeholders and local business leaders where they discussed the importance of providing reentry services and employment opportunities for those being released from prisons and jails.


Incentivizing Employers to Hire Ex-Offenders: What Policies Are Most Effective?

March 6, 2018

This report focuses on the employment benefits of policies that incentivize firms to hire people with nonviolent felony criminal records.

Recidivism Reconsidered: Preserving the Community Justice Mission of Community Corrections

March 1, 2018

The report recommends using more than just recidivism data to assess justice policies and encourages the use of more flexible and positive outcome measures, including an increased focus on criminal desistance and the social integration of people on probation or parole.

The State of Justice Reform 2017

March 1, 2018

This interactive report identifies the major trends and developments in justice systems over the past year, examining what reforms are and are not working across the country.

Investing Justice Resources to Address Community Needs

February 1, 2018

This highlights Colorado's Work and Gain Education and Employment Skills (WAGEES) program, which represents one of the first partnerships between a state department of corrections and local community organizations to support community-driven public safety investment.

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Young Adult Justice: Emerging Research and Innovative Practices

This webinar discusses emerging research and innovative practices related to improving outcomes for young adults in the justice system.

Reducing Barriers to Employment—Building Partnerships with Civil Legal Aid

April 11, 2018

This webinar explores how civil legal interventions can reduce the number of obstacles to employment facing jobseekers who have criminal records by helping them expunge or seal old records, reinstate driver’s licenses, modify child support orders, and secure certificates of rehabilitation.

Responding to the 2018 Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative Solicitation

April 10, 2018

During this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Reentry Resource Center explain the Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) and application process.

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