— In a letter to national lawmakers, Catholic leaders applauded the
Second Chance Act as an enhancement of public safety and human
dignity and asked for further support in reauthorizing the
legislation in Congress.
is an important step in addressing some of the many issues facing the
more than 650,000 men, women and juveniles who re-enter society each
year from federal and state prisons and local jails and detention
centers every day,” said a letter
dated March 4.
The letter was
signed by Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, who heads the U.S.
bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, as
well as Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities, USA.
It was addressed to
the chairs and ranking members of the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary
into law by President George W. Bush in 2008, the Second
Chance Act helps to ensure that the
transition from incarceration in prison or jail into the
community is safe and successful... (more)