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Criminal Justice Reform - Building a Road to Restoration
The United States’ incarceration rate is 8 times the world average.
One in every 31 adults in America is in the corrections system – one in 26 in Minnesota, up from one in 98 in 1982.
Minnesota has the 8 th highest rate of people under correctional control in the nation, a 278% increase since 1982.
More than 2 million children have a parent in prison.
1 in 5 African American men cannot vote because they are incarcerated, on probation or on parole.
1 in 5 Americans has some form of a criminal record.
We organized the first Second Chance Day on the Hill in February of 2008, as a way to bring community members to the capitol and encourage the passage of legislation to help ex- offenders safely re- enter their communities.
T he Minnesota Second Chance Coalition is a group of over 50 organizations that collaboratively advocate for policies and practices that allow those who have committed crimes to redeem themselves, fully support themselves and their families, and contribute to their full potential; creating safer, stronger, and more just communities.
Partners American Indian OIC Amicus, Inc. Antioch Christian Center Barbara Schneider Foundation Council on Crime and Justice Central MN Re-Entry Project CivicMedia/Minnesota Children's Defense Fund Minnesota Criminal Justice Working Group Construction Career Training Program Correctional Transition Services, Inc. 180 Degrees, Inc. Elim Transitional Housing, Inc. Emerge Community Development La Familia Guidance Center Freedom Works Friends for a Nonviolent World Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota Greater Mpls. Council of Churches Hired Jacob Wetterling Resource Center Jason Sole Consulting Juel Fairbanks Joint Religious Legislative Coalition L.I.F.E in Recovery MAD DADS Minneapolis Minneapolis Urban League MN Community Action Partnership MN Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers MN Community Corrections Association Minnesota Fathers & Families Network MN Catholic Conference Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless MN Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee Minnesota State Public Defender MN Teen and Adult Challenge National Alliance on Mental Illness of MN Network for Better Futures NOLA Criminal Defense Investigation Northside Policy Action Coalition Pathways Counseling Peace Foundation People Escaping Poverty Project Prison Policy Initiative Project for Pride in Living RS Eden Rebuild Resources The Reentry Clinic at William Mitchell Take Action Minnesota Twin Ports Action Coalition Wilder Foundation JobsFirst Program YWCA of St. Paul
ENSURE THAT EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF MEANS OR BACKGROUND, IS TREATED EQUALLY AND FAIRLY THROUGH EVERY PART OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
MAXIMIZE THE ABILITY OF RETURNING CITIZENS TO ACCESS EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, AND EDUCATION, AND TO BECOME FULLY CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.
IMPACT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS Increased Record Access Increased Record Use by Decision Makers Stigma and Perceived Liability Growth and Severity of Statutory Barriers –DHS now conducts 500,000 background studies per year –Disqualifications are not limited to convictions – preponderance of the evidence finding, lifetime, 15, 10 and 7 year disqualifications. Use of Juvenile Records Limited Remedies 87% of the state's 70,000 disenfranchised live in the community, hold jobs, and pay taxes.
ENSURE THAT JUVENILE OFFENDERS ARE NOT LIMITED IN THEIR ABILITY TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL ADULTS.
Juvenile Records Access Department of Human Services Licensing Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile Year Olds Charged With Felony Consensual Juvenile Sex Crimes Juvenile Programs
FULLY DIAGNOSE AND TREAT MENTAL ILLNESS AND CHEMICAL ADDICTION.
60 percent of people incarcerated in prisons and jails report symptoms of a mental illness. About percent of all incarcerated individuals have a drug or alcohol problem.
LIMIT THE ADVERSE IMPACT OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
Bipartisan Reforms “Ban the Box” 2009 “Safe Hiring” 2009 “Ban the Box” 2013 Juvenile Records Reform 2013
Former Governor Jeb Bush, Speaker Newt Gingrich, Former Drug Czar Bill Bennett, Grover Norquist, and Other Conservative Leaders Endorse Right on Crime Statement of Principles Statement Supports Reining in Growth of Non-Traditional Criminal Laws, Cost-Effective Alternatives for Nonviolent Offenders, Emphasis on Restitution and Treatment, and Performance Measures.
Restoring the right to vote for those living in the community will make the law more clear and equitable, save government resources, and encourage positive participation.. Public Safety/Legal Legal Rights Center MN Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers MN Community Corrections Association MN Corrections Association MN County Attorneys Association State Public Defender Faith Based Organizations ISAIAH Jewish Community Action Joint Religious Legislative Coalition MICAH MN Catholic Conference MN Council of Churches MN Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance
Direct Service Organizations African Immigrant Services American Indian OIC Goodwill/Easter Seals MN Integrated Community Solutions, Inc. L.I.F.E. In Recovery Mad Dads Minneapolis MN Adult and Teen Challenge MN Community Action Partnership MN Recovery Connection The Neighborhood Hub Open Access Connections St. Stephen's Human Services Twin Cities Rise! Civic Engagement and Advocacy Organizations African American Leadership Forum ACLU MN Children's Defense Fund-MN Citizens for Election Integrity MN Common Cause MN Council on Crime and Justice Growth & Justice Land Stewardship Project League of Women Voters MN MN AFL-CIO MN Coalition for the Homeless MN Council on Foundations MN Council of Nonprofits MN Innocence Project MN Second Chance Coalition MNSTEP MPIRG NAACP St. Paul Branch Organizing Apprenticeship Project People For the American Way Prison Policy Initiative R3 Collaborative SEIU Local 26 TakeAction Minnesota Ten25Fifty World Without Genocide