April is Second Chance Month. Here at REFORM, we work every day to give millions of people across the country a real opportunity to return to a community that supports and assists their reentry. If you believe in second chances, sign up to become a member here. By joining our list you'll receive updates to take legislative actions and stay in the know about upcoming job fairs and events.
For too many returning citizens, the transition home is riddled with barriers. They may face a lack of community support, difficulty accessing employment opportunities, or impediments to obtaining adequate health care or mental health resources.
Each of these barriers is compounded by a supervision system that penalizes people for simple mistakes instead of providing them with incentives to build a productive life. This has devastating implications on individuals, families, and communities alike.
Nationwide, nearly 44% of people released from prison end up returning in less than a year. It’s a shocking number, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
When returning citizens are given the tools they need to thrive, they can do great things. For kids across the country, a second chance means mom and dad are at the dinner table every night. For parents, it means their child can get the education or vocational training they need to build a productive future. For communities, it means a thriving economy and safer neighborhoods.
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