Second Chances for Prisoners Help All of Us
04-05-2018 08:16pm

Second Chances for Prisoners Help All of Us

What happens when you’ve paid your debt to society and come home with a criminal record? Can you find a job, housing, education, even get a driver’s license? For too many, the answer is no. And that’s a problem, because an astonishing one in four Americans now carries a criminal record that limits their opportunity to work and contribute.

People across the political spectrum increasingly recognize that the formerly incarcerated deserve a chance to fulfill their potential — and that this, in turn, will keep our communities safer. Last year, a bipartisan coalition declared April “Second Chance Month” to bring awareness to this persistent problem. In April 2018, the Trump Administration joined 135 organizations in making Second Chance Month official.  The Charles Koch Institute and Foundation are committed to a criminal justice system that recognizes the dignity and potential of all people. We support research into  re-entry policies that work, programs that train prisoners in skilled trades and entrepreneurial thinking, and initiatives that keep people from going to prison in the first place.

All of us have a role to play in removing the barriers to opportunity and achievement that too many ex-prisoners face. Read on for more information about the people and organizations making a difference.

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