Second Chance Month 2019
Do you know that April is recognized as Second Chance Month?
NACDL, along with Prison Fellowship and other national partners, will be celebrating Second Chance Month, a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the obstacles faced by over 70 million Americans with a criminal record and unlock opportunities for them to succeed.
NACDL is a constant voice in fighting for a fairer criminal justice system. NACDL works every day to make this a reality, but we can't do it alone. To make reform a reality we need everyone's voices. Here’s how you can support Second Chance Month:
- During the April congressional recess, NACDL is encouraging its members and advocates to schedule district meetings April 15-26, 2019, in support of Second Chance Month and key federal legislation that would provide relief from collateral consequences. Click here to sign-up to participate. If you have any questions, please contact NACDL’s Director of Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On April 2nd at 2:00 p.m. ET, NACDL is hosting “What to Do Before, During, and After Meetings with Members of Congress.” This free webinar will provide an overview of how meetings can be effective and why, and offers tips for successfully meeting with Members of Congress and their staffs. Sign-up here to register for the webinar. The tips shared are also useful for meetings with your state elected officials as well.
- On April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. ET, NACDL along with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and the National Network for Justice (NNJ), is hosting “Expungement: A Second Chance.” This free webinar will feature advocates working toward reforming expungement provisions in several jurisdictions and stories of individuals who have received expungements. Sign-up here to register for the webinar.
- Take Action to support federal legislative reform: Visit advocacy.nacdl.org to stay up-to-date on pending legislation to provide relief from collateral consequences and how you can reach out to your legislators
Second Chance Month 2018
Acknowledging Second Chance Month 2017
NACDL partnered with Prison Fellowship to recognize Second Chance Month in April 2017. NACDL believes that individuals with an arrest or conviction should be afforded a second chance to become a productive member of society without the stigma of the approximate 48,000 collateral consequences that limit their potential. NACDL and Prison Fellowship organized a Capitol Hill briefing titled, Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Record: Public Safety Benefit or Threat? The event took place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Rayburn HOB 2103. See additional event details below.
Moderator: Craig DeRoche, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy, Prison Fellowship
Panelists: Rick Jones, President-Elect, NACDL; Adryann Glenn, Criminal Justice Advocate and former Administrative Assistant, Clemency Project 2014 and John Malcolm, Director of the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Invited Members of Congress:
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Rep. Danny Davis (IL)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY)
Rep. Mia Love (UT)
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI)
- Second Chance Month Senate Resolution sponsored by Senator Portman (OH)
- Letter of Support for Second Chance Month Resolution
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