Second Chance Month
April 2022 was Second Chance Month
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention supported Second Chance Month to help individuals, communities, and agencies across the country recognize the importance of reentry and their role in supporting safe and successful reentry—building second chances!
The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) hosted Second Chance Month. Together with the American Institutes for Research, Vera Institute of Justice, CSG Justice Center, RTI International, and more, the NRRC hosted resources, videos, podcasts, live learning events and webinars during the month of April to support the justice field and Second Chance Act grantees with their reentry programs.
In addition to opening and closing remarks, events and their related resources cover a range of topics essential to successful reentry, including:
- Reentry Basics
- Education, Employment, and Housing
- Behavioral Health, Family Supports, and Youth and Young Adults
- Evaluation and Sustainability
The NRRC anticipates posting recordings of all live events in May 2022. In the meantime, click a topic area above to access dozens of resources!
SECOND CHANCE MONTH HIGHLIGHTS
Ruby Qazilbash, Associate Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), closes out Second Chance Month 2022!
Amy Solomon, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Karhlton F. Moore, Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, discuss the BJA Visiting Fellows Program and welcome the criminal justice researchers and practitioners joining the program.
Listen as Judge Karen Friedman, BJA Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, & Engagement interviews BJA Visiting Second Chance Fellows John Bae and Angel Sanchez.
Listen as Judge Karen Friedman, BJA Director of Criminal Justice Innovation, Development, & Engagement has a discussion with Chris Poulos, Director of Person-Centered Services for the Washington State Department of Corrections.
On March 31, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. proclaimed April 2022 as Second Chance Month, highlighting the more than 640,000 individuals returning to their communities from prisons and jails every year and the importance of their successful transitions back into society.
This event brought together thought leaders from across the country who discussed how states can scale up access to supports, clear away barriers to opportunities and economic mobility, and advance racial equity in access to services and in outcomes for people exiting prison by joining the Reentry 2030 movement.
Second Chance Month Events AND RELATED RESOURCES