Over 630,000 inmates will return from incarceration to communities within the next 12 months
Over 80% of all inmates return to the nations largest 25 urban centers
About 44% of black inmates returning from prison have not graduated from High School.
The majority of inmates leave prison with no savings, no immediate entitlement to unemployment benefits, and few job prospects. One year after release as many as 60% of former inmates are not employed in the legitimate labor market.
More than 1.4 million African-American men (out of a total population of roughly 10 .4 million) are unable to vote due to a past felony conviction. That’s more than the combined population of every Black male and female living in Atlanta; Cleveland; Boston; Miami; Phoenix; St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Richmond Va.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Louisville, Ky.; and San Diego and Sacramento, Calif. 5
“ Mass influx in inner city communities of returning parolees can breakdown the cohesion in socially disorganized communities…Moral authority is increasingly vested in “street smart” young men for whom drugs and crime are a way of life. Attitudes, behaviors and lessons learned in prison are transmitted to free society…as family caretakers and role models disappear or decline in influence and as unemployment and poverty become more persistent, the community, particularly its children, become more vulnerable to a variety of social ills, including crime, drugs, family disorganization, generalized demoralization, and unemployment” 7
From 1995 to 2001 the average time spent in prison rose by 30%
“ An examination in the rise in imprisonment from 1992 to 2001 concluded that the entire increase was as a result of changes in sentencing policy and practice.” (JC Karberg and AJ Beck, “Trends in U.S. Correctional Populations: Findings from the Bureau of Justice Statistics”, presented at the National Committee on Corrections, Washington DC, April 16, 2004.)
Presidential Notice- State of the Union in 2004 (Children of Incarcerated Parents) and 2005 (Prisoner Reentry)
11/21/06 - Senate Moves Closer to Passing Second Chance Act On Thursday the Senate came closer to passing the Second Chance Act as members of Congress returned to Washington for the "lame duck" session to elect leadership for the newly controlled Democratic House and Senate. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) led the effort to queue up the measure for a vote. The renewed interest in the bill better positions the Second Chance Act for a vote in early December when Members return to work on the federal spending bills and other unfinished business. House leaders have committed to act on the legislation if the Senate is successful. If the bill is not passed during the lame duck session, bill sponsors plan to reintroduce the measure in the 110th Congress. The Second Chance Act is the first piece of comprehensive legislation to address multiple challenges related to the return of incarcerated persons from prisons to their communities. Despite the many partisan battles in the 109th Congress, particularly related to Judiciary issues, the Second Chance Act was authored with bipartisan cooperation in both chambers. The Second Chance Act is supported by over 200 organizations and enjoys broad bipartisan support, with 113 cosponsors in the House and 34 cosponsors in the Senate.
State Council of Governments-Formation of Reentry Councils in each state
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