Reauthorize the Second Chance Act (S. 1690/H.R. 3465)
On November 13, a bipartisan group of legislators came together to call for the reauthorization of the Second Chance Act (S. 1690/H.R. 3465). First passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2008, the law promotes evidence-based programs to aid the reentry of former prisoners into society and improve public safety. Since the law’s passage, grants have been awarded in nearly every state to provide substance abuse treatment, employment and mentoring services, improve transition from prison and jail to communities and reduce recidivism.
The Second Chance Act provides crucial resources at a time when they are desperately needed. In 2013, federal and state prisons held over 1.5 million inmates – 1 in every 209 American residents. Unfortunately, most individuals face numerous challenges when returning to the community from prison or jail, and research indicates that two-thirds are re-incarcerated within three years of their release.
The Second Chance Reauthorization Act strengthens the original law and seeks to ensure that the tax dollars spent on corrections no longer support a revolving door in and out of prison.
Jewish tradition teaches the imperative to care for our community’s marginalized and underserved populations. In Deuteronomy 16:20, the Torah commands us, (Tzedek, tzedek tirdof, "Justice, justice you shall pursue"), and the sages explained that the word (tzedek) is repeated not only for emphasis but to teach us that we must be just in our pursuit of justice, that our means must be as just as our ends. To that end, we can maintain the safety of our communities while ensuring our criminal justice system is, indeed, just. By reauthorizing the Second Chance Act, we are doing just that.
Ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor and support reauthorizing the Second Chance Act (S. 1690 / H.R. 3465). You can send an e-mail by entering your Zip Code below. To call your Members of Congress, the Capitol Switchboard can be reached at 202.224.3121.
For more information, please contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Charlie Arnowitz at 202.387.2800.Top of Form