After the bill was introduced, the White House issued a statement expressing the president?s ?strong support.? As the president reminded us, ?
For Christians, supporting this bill should be natural. If the president is right about ours being a land of second chances, and he is, remember it was Christianity that taught us to be that way. Forgiveness and reconciliation are at the heart of our faith.
This bill not only makes religious and moral sense, it is also good public policy. Two out of every three inmates released from prison will be re-arrested within three years. Compassion aside, public safety requires that we do something to help ease their transition to life outside prison.
And we know from our ministry in the prisons this works. We have cut recidivism in our InnerChange Freedom Initiative prison in
For further reading and information:
Learn more about the Second Chance Act of 2004 (H.R. 4676).
Read the Statement by the White House Press Secretary on the Second Chance Act. See also the White House Fact Sheet: Protecting Communities by Helping Returning Inmates Find Work.
Visit Justice Fellowship?s prisoner reentry page .
Learn how to become a Prison Fellowship volunteer (including opportunities for college students).
Learn more about InnerChange Freedom Initiative .