Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Second Chance Act


I just received this from Utah Congressman Chris Cannons office. Please click the link at the bottom and call your elected official about this bill.


My boss, Congressman Chris Cannon wanted me to share the following statement concerning prisoner re-entry, something we thought you might be interested in.

If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at the number below.

Charles Isom
Press Secretary
Congressman Chris Cannon (UT)

I wanted to make sure you were aware that today the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will be voting on the Second Chance Act. It's a serious attempt to some of the many serious problems that plague our prison system.

The Second Chance Act is a bipartisan bill that will help coordinate what the federal government does when prisoners come back into society. The bill increases the federal financial support to states and community organizations to help as a growing number of prisoners returns to our communities. The bill addresses issues such as jobs, housing, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and support for families.

The Second Chance Act helps state and local governments to work together to help people who have paid their price to society become contributing citizens. Using this approach we can improve the efficiency of reentry services and make sure that all level of government work together for the returning prisoners and the communities and families they come home to.

It is our responsibility as a society to address the most basic needs of prisoners coming home. Through the Second Chance Act, we can reduce prisoners' chances of re-offending and improve their success as productive, contributing citizens. This legislation is a bipartisan effort that applies new solutions to this problem. We hope to improve our accountability to our citizens and better utilize state and local innovation.

To contact members of the Subcommittee, visit the House's website

In the coming weeks, this bill will come before the full House Judiciary Committee and then, hopefully, to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote. I will keep you posted as we near our goal.

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