This April, the Center for American Progress joins our justice reform partners in commemorating Second Chance Month, during which advocates and formerly incarcerated individuals will call on progressive and conservative lawmakers alike to implement reforms to the U.S. criminal justice system to provide better and fairer rehabilitation, remove barriers to re-entry, and ensure that individuals are able to move on with their lives with a fair shot to make a decent living. States have been leading the charge on reforms, which are not only shown to reduce recidivism and crime but have allowed individuals with criminal records to become productive members of society.
Please join us for a discussion on the innovative measures state and local governments can take to advance policies that give people a second chance. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) will discuss his criminal justice reforms, which have led to dramatic reductions in the state’s prison population and crime rate.
A bipartisan panel of experts will follow to discuss the merits of implementing reforms, including curbing recidivism, reducing crime, and various economic benefits for taxpayers.
Judy Conti, Federal Advocacy Coordinator, National Employment Law Project
Daryl Atkinson, Second Chance Fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice
Marc Levin, Policy Director, Right on Crime
Rebecca Vallas, Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform, Center for American Progress