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U.S. Senate Passes Second Chance Act

The Council of State Governments (CSG) reports that the U.S. Senate has passed the Second Chance Act.  According to the CSG, "the legislation passed the Senate by unanimous consent and now proceeds to the President's desk for signature."  Information on the Second Chance Act can be found here.

Additionally, the Consensus Project reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Reauthorization of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.  The bill would "help provide states and counties with the resources needed to design and implement collaborative efforts between the criminal justice and mental health systems."

3/17/08 Second Chance Act update: According to Yahoo News, "The President is expected to sign the bill soon."

Additional information about the Second Chance Act can be found in the articles below.

PR Newswire: Tubbs Jones Applauds Passage of Second Chance Act in Senate

Wall Street Journal: Senate Clears Prisoner Bill

Standard Newswire: Brownback Applauds Senate Passage of Second Chance Act

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Senate passes bill to help ex-prisoners



Posted Wed, Mar 12 2008 5:21 AM by Scott


Ronda Kilgore wrote re: U.S. Senate Passes Second Chance Act
on Sat, Mar 15 2008 3:51 PM

would like to know more about inmates released six months early to halfway houses.

R Dunn wrote re: U.S. Senate Passes Second Chance Act
on Fri, Apr 4 2008 7:00 PM

How would an ex offender of a felony, who has been convicted 25 years ago for a crime that has never been proven and though he has been out on parole for 8 years, has had several good jobs.Now he is denied employment. Not one time has he had problems since his being on parole. In less than a month, he will be off parole. He does not have a job nor can he get one due to his record. Thanks to his morals and the fact he had the misfortune of not being able to be retried he lives with a Scarlet Letter. How does a person like him regain dignity and be a viable part of society if our agencies lump the one time, convicted over 20 years ago person who has not been in trouble with recurring criminals. Those who make a career of crime and the one time offender of years ago should not be cast in the same light. Who will hire such a person as the former? A second chance should be for those convicted years ago and has not been in any trouble since.

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