Rep. Davis Co-Sponsors Second Chance Reauthorization Act
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today co-sponsored H.R. 3465, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2013, bipartisan legislation to provide resources to state and local governments as well as community-based organizations to improve success rates for people released from prison and jail.
“The issues facing our criminal justice system are great, and modernizing federal criminal sentencing policies is only half the battle,” said Davis. “Research shows that more than half of individuals released from prison are reincarcerated within three years. But, we know that when these same individuals receive assistance in finding employment and housing, reincarceration rates drop sharply. This bill aims to do just that by giving local and state governments and other organizations recourses they need to combat recidivism and decrease incarceration costs.”
The Second Chance Act was passed by Congress with strong bipartisan support and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008. This legislation provides non-profit faith and community-based organizations with mentoring grants to develop support programs such as drug treatment, housing, job training, medical care and education. Re-entry services have been improved, which has resulted in a reduction in recidivism and helped ensure a successful return to society for prisoners who have completed their sentence.
The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2013 builds on the success of the original legislation and continues to authorize funding for both public and private entities to evaluate and improve academic and vocational education for offenders in prison, jails and juvenile facilities.
The legislation is supported by national organizations like the NAACP, Prison Fellowship Ministries, the National Association of Police Organizations, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Illinois-based organizations like the Macon County Court Services, Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, and TASC Illinois.
Last year, Davis was an original co-sponsor of another piece of legislation to reform our nation’s criminal justice system, the Smarter Sentencing Act.