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  • Is the Second Chance Act Signaling a Cultural Shift?

    Posted Jan 9th, 2014 By in Prisons, realignment, Uncategorized With | Comments Off on Is the Second Chance Act Signaling a Cultural Shift?

    The Second Chance Act, passed in 2008, set up a program to prevent released inmates from reentering the corrections system. An evaluation of the program’s effects were studied by the National Institute of Justice. Findings highlight practices like California’s realignment and better case managers as contributors to a cultural shift.

    The goals set by the Bureau of Justice Assistance when it issued the competitive solicitations for SCA funding were significant: increased employment, education and housing opportunities; increased payment of child support; and a 50 percent reduction in recidivism within 12 months of release. These types of outcomes will be measured in the outcome phase of the evaluation.

    Data collection on 1,000 offenders in seven of the 10 sites will continue through the fall of 2014. Then, using a random assignment design, the researchers will compare offenders who received SCA services to those who did not to determine whether the outcomes achieved under the SCA are different than they would have been without the law and funding.[11]

    There are substantial obstacles to successful re-entry after incarceration. On the individual level, they include poor social skills, low levels of education, the lingering effects of trauma, poor work history, weak or nonexistent support networks, and a lack of willingness to embrace the sorts of changes that, frankly, are necessary to turn one’s life around. On the community and societal levels, barriers include economic downturns, community prejudice and a changing policy landscape.

    And it seems to go without saying that none of these challenges is likely to diminish in the foreseeable future. As other states join California in realignment — shifting prison populations to jails and community supervision — these challenges will, in fact, be compounded by the sheer number of offenders who will need to be reintegrated into the community.

    “This makes it more important than ever to determine the outcomes of the SCA re-entry programming,” said Marie Garcia, program officer for NIJ’s re-entry portfolio.

    “The challenges surrounding a successful re-entry to society after incarceration are enormous,” she added. “Quite simply, this is increasingly becoming everyone’s problem.”

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