2019 Second Chance Month District Congressional Visits
Did you know that April is recognized as Second Chance Month? For the past two years, April has been recognized as Second Chance Month. During April, supporters raise awareness regarding the barriers that many people with a criminal record face every day. An estimated 70 million Americans have a criminal record and therefore potentially face an onslaught of collateral consequences – specific legal restrictions, generalized discrimination, and social stigma – leading to barriers to employment, occupational licensing, housing, education, public benefits, immigration status, parental rights, driving rights, and voting rights. While research has shown that steady employment is the best way to keep someone from committing another crime, excessive barriers severely limit the prospects of those with a criminal conviction.
NACDL encourages its members to meet with their members of Congress during the April district work period, April 15-27, 2019, in support of Second Chance Month and key federal legislation that would provide relief from collateral consequences. If you are interested in meeting with your elected official, click here to sign-up. The deadline to sign-up is Thursday, February 28, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact NACDL’s Director of Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.