Raising Awareness of Second Chance Month
Did you know that 1 in 7 individuals incarcerated in state and federal prisons are serving a life or virtual life sentence of 50 years or more? That’s 203,865 people. It is apparent that collateral consequences can be a criminal defendant’s most severe punishment, permanently relegating a person to second-class status. On top of that, states spend on average $33,274 to incarcerate each person annually.
Since 2017, NACDL, Prison Fellowship, and other national partners have recognized April as Second Chance Month, a time to raise awareness about the obstacles faced by over 70 million Americans with a criminal record and unlock opportunities for them to succeed. This Second Chance Month, NACDL is highlighting collateral consequences, including those related to employment, housing, education, and the right to vote. NACDL is also bringing attention to the need for second chance opportunities for those who are currently incarcerated. Individuals experiencing excessive, lengthy sentences deserve opportunities to gain a second chance at freedom.
Visit the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to learn more about upcoming events regarding Second Chance Month and what you can do to raise awareness.