Praise for "The Second Chance Act"

The New York Times today endorses "The Second Chance Act."

America has become a prison nation. More than 2 million people are behind bars. There is a better solution. Some states have already found it.

Several states have instead begun to focus on developing community-based programs that deal with low-level, nonviolent offenders without locking them up. And they have begun to look at ways to control recidivism with programs that help newly released people find jobs, housing, drug treatment and mental health care — essential services if they are to live viable lives in a society that has historically shunned them.

We need more of this and the best way to further it is to bring it to the federal level, with passage of the "The Second Chance Act."


Congress needs to pass the Second Chance Act, which would provide grants, guidance and assistance to states and localities that are developing programs to reintegrate former inmates into their communities.

....The Second Chance Act would bolster the re-entry movement with money, training, technical assistance — and the federal stamp of approval.

Related: Rehabilitation programs cut prison costs.

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    Anything.... (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by kdog on Mon Jul 02, 2007 at 10:31:55 AM EST
    that puts the brakes on our animal lust to cage each other is long overdue.  

    But couldn't congress just repeal a bunch of the stupid laws that have led to all the senseless caging, as opposed to passing a new act that limits the caging caused by the stupid laws?  

    I say we need (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by nolo on Mon Jul 02, 2007 at 11:15:31 AM EST
    some of both.