Congress may soon reauthorize a program aimed at helping ex-convicts stay out of prison. The Second Chance Act, first signed into law in 2008, provides federal grants to prisoner re-entry programs, which can provide services like job training and placement, mentoring, and counseling. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Chicago) says since 2010, $8 million in federal funds have gone to Illinois programs to reduce recidivism thanks to the act.
“Second Chance has been pretty good for Illinois, because individuals have been able to receive direct, competitive grants,” Davis said. Davis likes the chances of the legislation heading to the House floor next month, citing the growing support in both parties for criminal justice reform.
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