Progress on Criminal Justice Reform: Second Chance Act Introduced in the House

2015-08-03 | , Catholic Charities USA

Recently, hundreds of you have joined us in calling on Congress to act on the Second Chance Act and these efforts are showing returns! Last week, the Second Chance Act was introduced in the House with broad bi-partisan support (15 Democrat and 13 Republican co-sponsors). If you have not already taken action, please keep the pressure on your Senators to make the Second Chance Act a priority.

CCUSA is urging Congress to act on both the Second Chance Act and the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act. Our commitment to advancing restorative justice efforts such as these is deeply rooted in Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences of Catholic Charities agencies working with at-risk youth, prisoners and ex-offenders of all ages, and communities all across the country.

CCUSA joined with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to submit written congressional testimony calling on Congress to act and support smart and effective sentencing and criminal justice reform legislation that protects human life and dignity, ensures safe and peaceful communities, and promotes the common good. We encourage you to read our testimony, and our recent letters on the Second Chance Act, and the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act. 

TAKE ACTION: Join our efforts by urging your Senators to support the Second Chance Act.