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Support for Second Chance Act

The federal law and accompanying funding for re-entry programs signed by President Bush in April of 2008 is gaining support.  With jails and prisons stretched to the limits, state and local officials across the country are lobbying to make the Second Chance Act a priority in the new administration.  Both President Obama and Vice President Biden were strong supporters of this Act.  The Act authorized $165 million in annual grants to states, localities, nonprofits and religious groups to build programs that help ex-offenders find jobs and housing, overcome addictions, receive mentoring and return to society with real chances for success.