Resolution Sheds Light on Thousands of Barriers Aimed at Those with Criminal Records
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution declaring April 2018 "Second Chance Month", continuing Prison Fellowship's national effort to reduce barriers that keep formerly incarcerated Americans from successfully rejoining society.
calls on the people of the United States to observe Second Chance Month through actions and programs that promote awareness of collateral consequences; and provide closure for individuals who have paid their debts."
On March 30, 2018, President Donald J. Trump proclaimed the month of April as Second Chance Month to raise awareness of how we can create second chances that will benefit the more than 65 million men and women with a criminal record.
Prison Fellowship, joined by a bipartisan coalition of more than 150 organizations, is seeking to reduce the social stigma and barriers that plague Americans with a criminal record—one in four adults—who are trying to re-enter society and become contributing members of their communities.
"An estimated 65 million Americans have a criminal record, and 95 percent of current inmates are set to be released one day, two thirds of whom will be released in the next five years. Sadly, too many Americans who serve their time become caught up in a cycle of crime," said Senator Rob Portman. "The Second Chance Act has helped to break that cycle by providing drug treatment and job training, and that makes our community safer, saves taxpayer dollars, and most importantly, helps former inmates live out their God-given potential. The mistakes of our past don’t have to define the potential for our future. By designating April as Second Chance Month, we are supporting those who are returning from prison and want a fair shot at living an honest and productive life by increasing public awareness and getting them the help they need. I will continue my bipartisan efforts to renew and strengthen this critical law."
Sen. Rob Portman
Co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Rob Portman; Amy Klobuchar; James Lankford, (R-Okla.); Tammy Duckworth, (D-Ill.); John Cornyn, (R-Texas); and Gary Peters (D-Mich.).