Second Chance Proves Its Worth

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New information on state recidivism rates and the progress of the Second Chance Act are highlighted in the recent New York Times editorial, “Second Chance Proves Its Worth.” The New York Times editorial board said, “A new study from the National Reentry Resource Center, which was created under the Second Chance Act, shows that recidivism rates can be significantly reduced when states commit to jailing only people who present a risk to public safety and to helping newly released prisoners find drug treatment, psychiatric counseling and the other services they need for a successful transition to the world beyond bars.”

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. It provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies—informed by available evidence—to increase public safety and strengthen communities.