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Update on the Second Chance Act May 17, 2007

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The vote scheduled in the House this week on H.R. 1593, the Second Chance Act, has been postponed. Democratic leadership had placed the bill on the suspension calendar, but now have delayed the vote until Republicans can assure enough votes for swift passage.

The bill’s sponsors, Congressmen Danny Davis (D-IL) and Chris Cannon (R-UT), are working closely with leadership to place it back on the calendar for a vote as soon as possible.

The Second Chance Act, which has broad bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate, is the first piece of comprehensive legislation designed to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and help ensure the safe and successful return of prisoners to the community. The bill authorizes up to $65 million in grants to state and local governments to develop prisoner re-entry initiatives and a $15 million re-entry program for community and faith-based organizations to deliver mentoring and transitional services for people returning from prison or jail.

Cosponsors of the bill include Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D – MI) and Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R – TX), former Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R – WI), current Chair of the Crime Subcommittee Bobby Scott (D – VA) and Ranking Member Randy Forbes (R – VA), former Crime Subcommittee Chair Howard Coble (R – NC), and Judiciary Committee members Reps. Chris Cannon (R – UT), Steve Chabot (R – OH), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D – TX), Hank Johnson (D – GA), and Adam Schiff (D – CA).

For more information on the Second Chance Act click here or contact Sara Paterni.

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