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*Hold staff briefings on the Second Chance Act in the House and Senate on Friday, January 5 featuring the actor Richard Gere.
*Reintroduce identical versions of the Second Chance Act in both houses during the second or third week in January. Hold a big news conference with notables and organization leaders present to stand with original sponsors who announce the bill's reintroduction.
*Quickly get lots of cosponsors
*Seek House passage during the third week in January
*The key staffers are interested in any suggested revisions any of us have to their working draft of the Second Chance Act. They have agreed among themselves that major new revisions will not be considered. But they have also agreed to seek to include all of the provisions that have been included in various versions of the bill. Dave Turk has emailed me the current version of Second Chance they will be using as the basis of the 2007 bill. If you would like a copy let me know.
*We will be working closely with key congressional staff on the Jan 5th Hill briefings. If there are particular ways you and your organization can help, please let me know. THE BRIEFING WILL BE SPONSORED BY ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING THE SECOND CHANCE ACT. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN BE LISTED AS A SPONSOR. THERE IS NO FINANCIAL COMMITMENT IMVOLVED.
*We have to quickly get lots of cosponsors as soon as the bill is reintroduced. Please look over the list of sponsors from this past Congress and the list of newly elected Members and let me know which offices you will be able to contact early in January to get them ready to cosponsor the Second Chance Act. As in the past if you schedule a meeting and want others to join you, let me know and I can send out a notice to everyone.
*We told the staff that we would have a sign on letter ready by the second week in January urging all Members of Congress to cosponsor the Second Chance Act. I am working on a draft of the letter and hope to have a final version ready to circulate by the close of business on Monday. If you can help edit and revise the draft letter please let me know.
Subject: The Second Chance Act - Status [H.R. 1704/S.1934]
FedCURE NEWS: The Second Chance Act - CURE's Charlie Sullivan's Conversation Today with Sen. Coburn.
On July 26, 2006 members of the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1704, the Second
Chance Act (SCA), by voice vote, sending the bill to the House floor for
consideration. During the mark-up of the bill, the Committee accepted a
substitute amendment offered by the Crime Subcommittee Chairman Howard Coble
(R-NC) that provides additional drug treatment programs, family-based treatment
resources, and an elderly non-violent offender pilot program. Also accepted were
amendments from Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), and
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), which added, respectively, re-entry courts, resources
for electronic monitoring of parolees, and continuity of medical care for
mentally ill and chronically ill offenders. Committee members voted down several
amendments proposed by Rep. Gohmert to add faith-based language into the bill.
Many committee members voiced concerns over any amendment or action that would jeopardize bipartisan support around the bill. "The language in the bill is the result of compromise and hard work from Republicans, Democrats, and faith-based organizations to make sure our prisons are not just revolving doors and to improve prisoners' chances of becoming productive, contributing citizens when they re-enter the community," said Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT), member of the Judiciary Committee. Rep. Cannon introduced the Second Chance Act with Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (R-OH).
"I commend my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee for working together in a bipartisan manner to pass the Second Chance Act," said Rep. Tubbs-Jones. "Today's action by the Judiciary Committee means that the Second Chance Act is one step closer to becoming law and assisting the ex-offender community in changing their lives for the better."
The SCA, with the new amendments, allocates $176 million to fund a variety of re-entry programs, including faith-based programs. One of the main components of the bill is the funding of demonstration projects that would provide ex-offenders with a coordinated continuum of housing, education, health, employment, and mentoring services. For more information on the bill including a list of its 112 cosponsors, please click here.
To view SCA news, frequently asked questions, and overview documents, please click here. For more information on outreach to members of Congress around the SCA, please contact Hope Glassberg.
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FedCURE Action Alert: H.R. 1704 - The Second Chance Act
Rep. Gohmert (R. TX) Amendment Raises Faith-Based
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