Second Chance Re-authorization Act Introduced in the Senate
“In an extraordinary display of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today introduced the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which will expand upon the success of the original Second Chance Act by continuing, improving, and consolidating its programs. The legislation allows the federal government to continue providing resources to state and local governments and community-based organizations in an effort to improve the success rates for people who are released from prisons and jails.
The Second Chance Act, which was first enacted in 2008, aims to improve prisoner reentry policy at the state and local level, ultimately helping to decrease the number of people who reoffend. By providing the resources needed to coordinate reentry services, the Second Chance Act ensures that the tax dollars spent on corrections do not simply fuel a revolving door in and out of prison.