Chuck Colson

After the bill was introduced, the White House issued a statement expressing the president?s ?strong support.? As the president reminded us, ? Americais the land of the second chance?and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.? Well said, Mr. President.

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 Houston to 8 percent. I say, let?s have more second chances.

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.

See the July 7 Justice eReport, ? Prisoner Reentry Legislation Introduced .? Subscribe to this free weekly resource.

Visit Justice Fellowship?s prisoner reentry page .

Pat Nolan, ? Road to Redemption ,? BreakPoint WorldView, May 2004.

Pat Nolan, ? Breaking the Cycle of Crime ,? BreakPoint WorldView, September 2003.

Pat Nolan, When Prisoners Return (Prison Fellowship, 2004).

Learn how to become a Prison Fellowship volunteer  (including opportunities for college students).

Learn more about InnerChange Freedom Initiative .

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson was the Chief Counsel for Richard Nixon and served time in prison for Watergate-related charges. In 1976, Colson founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, which, in collaboration with churches of all confessions and denominations, has become the world's largest outreach to prisoners, ex-prisoners, crime victims, and their families.
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