Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Second Chance Act Appropriations

February 26, 2009

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Over $133 Million for Prisoner Reentry in FY 2009, Including $25 Million for the Second Chance Act

On February 25, 2009, the House of Representatives passed an omnibus appropriations bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2009, which includes funding for the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The omnibus bill (H.R. 1105) is now under consideration in the Senate. Democratic leaders hope to take action on this bill by the end of next week, as the continuing resolution currently providing funding expires on March 6, 2009.

The omnibus bill passed by the House includes funding for the following criminal justice priorities:

  • $25 million for the Second Chance Act, including $15 million for state and local demonstration grants and $10 million for nonprofit grants
  • $108,493,000 for Department of Labor ex-offender activities
  • $10 million for the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (which represents a $3.5 million increase over the FY08 appropriation)
  • $532 million for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
  • $30 million for the Byrne Competitive Grant Program
  • $40 million for drug courts
  • $400 million for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP)
  • $10 million for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT)

The Justice Center will send out an update on the omnibus bill when it passes in the Senate.

President Obama Requests $75 Million for the Second Chance Act in FY 2010

In the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2010 released on February 26, 2009, President Obama requested $109 million for prisoner reentry programs, including $75 million for Second Chance Act programs. "I am indeed pleased that the President's proposed budget includes $75 million for Second Chance and I applaud him," said Second Chance Act sponsor Rep. Danny Davis (IL). "This investment of $75 million will bring tremendous returns. However, throughout the budget and appropriation processes, I shall be advocating and working for more."

For more information about the Second Chance Act, visit the Reentry Policy Council website.


Anonymous said...

Look at the figures, 10 mil for substance abuse, 40 mil for drug courts but a whopping 400 million for state criminal alien assistance. (just millions of mexicans who are here illegally)They should all be deported, period.
As i read the article i get the feeling there are many here in Colorado working in the field of criminal justice that cant wait to get there paws on the money. Will it really help the inmates re-entry??? Get a second chance??? Most likely not. djw

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