Second Chance Act

This first-of-its-kind legislation authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victim support, and other services.

Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee eliminated funding for the Second Chance Act in the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. In contrast, the House Appropriations Committee provided $70 million in their FY12 funding bill. The Second Chance program was originally funded at $100 million in FY 2010, but that was reduced to $83 million in 2011. Members of Congress need to hear from you immediately about the importance of Second Chance Act funding. How You Can Help – Join the Council of State Governments’ Effort