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ADVISORY: How States Are Leading the Charge on Criminal Justice and Second Chance Policies
Press Advisory

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Washington, D.C. — This April, justice reform advocates and formerly incarcerated individuals will commemorate Second Chance Month by calling 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 have been shown not only to reduce recidivism and crime but have allowed individuals with criminal records to become productive members of society.

The Center for American Progress will host a discussion on the innovative measures that 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.


Featured remarks:
Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-CT)
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

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


Friday, April 7, 2017
12:00 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m. ET


Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information or to speak with an expert on this topic, please contact Tanya Arditi at [email protected] or 202.741.6258.