JOIN US IN CELEBRATING SECOND CHANCE MONTH IN APRIL 2018!
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring April 2017 “Second Chance Month,” and in 2018, Prison Fellowship will continue the national effort to reduce barriers that keep formerly incarcerated Americans from successfully rejoining society. Prison Fellowship worked alongside more than 65 other organizations to promote Second Chance Month, in 2017 and will continue our collaborative efforts in April 2018. Prison Fellowship will organize awareness efforts including including a press event, policy briefings, a second chances job fair in Denver, Second Chances 5k events in St. Paul, Minnesota, “Second Chance Sunday” events held by churches, as well as coordinated petitions and social media campaigns. We invite you to help declare and celebrate April 2018 as Second Chance Month!
Co-sponsored by Senators Rob Portman, R-OH., Amy Klobuchar, D-MN., James Lankford, R-OK., and Richard Durbin, D-IL., the 2017 resolution “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.”
“There is no such thing as a throwaway person, and by granting second chances to those who have earned them, we will be contributing to the restoration of families, communities and our nation,” said Craig DeRoche, senior vice president of Prison Fellowship. “We are honored that Senators Rob Portman and Amy Klobuchar introduced this bipartisan legislation designating April 2017 as Second Chance month. Together, we are working to remove unnecessary barriers that prevent those with a criminal record from becoming productive members of society. We believe people with a past can rise from their failure, repay their debts, and that healing is possible for our communities affected by crime.”
For far too many who have served time behind bars, release from incarceration brings a new kind of prison. Some 65 million Americans have a criminal record. This limits their access to jobs, education, housing and other things necessary for a full and productive life. Any hope and new identity found while incarcerated can be quickly lost upon release when faced with the “second prison”—the more than 48,000 documented social stigmas and legal restrictions that inhibit opportunities to rebuild someone’s life after paying a debt to society.
Every person has dignity and potential. But one in four American adults has a criminal record, which limits their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need to reach that potential. Join with Prison Fellowship in celebrating "Second Chance Month" in April! Together we can unlock brighter futures for 65 million Americans who have repaid their debt to society.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SECOND CHANCE MONTH
Mayor Chris Coleman Proclaims
Second Chance Month in St.Paul Minnesota
HELP TO UNLOCK SECOND CHANCES
Everyone has inherent dignity and potential, but some 65 million Americans—or one in four adults—have a criminal record. Though many people with a criminal conviction have changed their values and mindsets, their record continues to limit their access to education, jobs, housing, and other things they need for a full and productive life. In addition to widespread social stigma, there are more than 48,000 documented legal restrictions on people with a conviction. We call these restrictions and stigma the “second prison.” The second prison wastes human potential and adds to recidivism, ultimately jeopardizing public safety.