Statement on White House ‘Second Chance Month’ Proclamation

Washington, D.C. — On Friday, President Trump officially proclaimed April as Second Chance Month.

“Affording those who have been held accountable for their crimes an opportunity to become contributing members of society is a critical element of criminal justice that can reduce our crime rates and prison populations, decrease burdens to the American taxpayer, and make America safer,” the president said.

In response, leaders of Safe Streets & Second Chances issued the following statements:

“Our country is built on second chances, but too often our criminal justice policies deny access to real second chances for individuals who have made mistakes,” said Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Koch Industries. “People shouldn’t be judged based on their worst day, and we thank the White House for dedicating this month to redemption for those who have paid their debt to society.”

“By designating April as “Second Chances Month,” the President has affirmed the importance of human dignity: the dignity of those who have paid their debt to society, the dignity of their children to have access to their parents, and most importantly the dignity of a safe community to law-abiding citizens,” said John Koufos, National Director of Reentry Initiatives for Right on Crime. “We applaud the White House in taking this action.”

Holden is Advisory Council Chairman of Safe Streets & Second Chances while Koufos serves as the initiative’s executive director. For more on why it’s time for prison and reentry reform, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter @S3CProject.

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