Second Chance Month 2024

April 1, 2024

April 2024 is
Second Chance Month

15 Years of the Second Act logo

Each April, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs celebrates Second Chance Month to recognize the importance of helping individuals, communities, and agencies across the country appreciate their role in supporting the safe and successful reentry of millions of people returning from incarceration each year. Second Chance Month aims to inform and highlight the many opportunities for state, local, and Tribal governments and community-based service providers to build meaningful second chances for our returning community members.

Celebrating 15 Years of the Second Chance Act

For the past 15 years, federal, state, local, and Tribal governments, as well as community-based organizations across the country, have focused on reducing recidivism like never before.

  • The Second Chance Act (SCA) has invested $1.2 billion, infusing state and local efforts to improve outcomes for people leaving prison and jail with unprecedented resources and energy.
  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention have awarded funding to 1,123 SCA grantees to improve reentry outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
  • The SCA-funded National Reentry Resource Center has built up a connective tissue across local, state, Tribal, and federal reentry initiatives, convening the many disparate actors who contribute to reentry success.
  • States are adopting public, ambitious goals that drive system change and a promise of support to reach these goals.
  • State and local corrections agencies include reentry success as part of their core mission.
  • Community-based organizations are standing up innovative programs to connect people with housing, jobs, education, treatment, and more.
  • Researchers have built a rich body of evidence about what works to reduce criminal justice involvement and improve reentry outcomes.
  • Private corporations are using their platforms to champion second chance employment as both a moral and business imperative.

Second Chance Month 2024 Highlights

A Proclamation on Second Chance Month 2024



Events on Multiple Dates

Second Chance Month Events
In-person events, Palm Beach County, FL
Hosted by Palm Beach County Public Safety Department

Expungement Clinics
In-person events, Kentucky
Hosted by Kentucky Department of Advocacy and partner organizations

April 3
Reentry Reimagined Summit: Equitable Access and Educational Empowerment for Justice-Impacted Communities
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET
In-person event, State College, PA
Hosted by Penn State College of Education

April 4
The Business Case for Second Chance Employment: Charting a Path Forward with Corporations and Business Schools
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ET
In-person event, Wharton, Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by Coalition for Equity and Opportunity

April 15
Second Chances, Stronger Communities
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET
In-person event, Washington, DC
Hosted by FHI 360

April 17
Second Chance Month Real World/Micro Society Simulations
In-person event, Lenoir YDC, North Carolina
Hosted by North Carolina Department of Public Safety

April 23
Second Chance Party

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET
In-person event, Belfast, ME
Hosted by Volunteers of America Northern New England

Creating Quality Prison Education Programs in Jails
4:00–5:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by the Vera Institute of Justice, the CSG Justice Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance


April 24
Second Chance Month Real World/Micro Society Simulations
In-person event, Edgecombe YDC, North Carolina
Hosted by North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Celebrating OJP’s Second Chance Fellows
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by the Office of Justice Programs

April 25
Discussion Panel: Supporting Youth in Reentry through Medicaid Funding
2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Hosted by the CSG Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance

ArtSpoken: annual event highlighting artists who are incarcerated
6:00–9:00 p.m. ET
In-person event, Indianapolis, IN
Hosted by Public Advocates in Community Re-Entry (PACE)

Client art show featuring work created by in-jail art therapy participants
6:00–8:00 p.m. ET
In-person event, Buffalo, NY
Hosted by Peaceprints of WNY

April 27
Reentry Awareness Resource Fair and Necessities Drive
In-person event, Casa Grande, AZ
Hosted by Casa Grande Alliance

April 29
Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Overdose Risk during Reentry
3:00–4:30 p.m. ET
Hosted by the CSG Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance


Second Chance Month Proclamation and Video Series
Virginia Department of Corrections