This will have a major impact on a lot of local programs designed to keep people out of prison and then on the re-entry side of the equation. However, the ripple effect will be seen in state and local budgets.
Senate Eliminates Second Chance Act FundingLast week the Senate Appropriations Committee eliminated funding for the Second Chance Act in the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. In contrast, the House Appropriations Committee provided $70 million in their FY12 funding bill. (The Second Chance program was originally funded at $100 million in FY 2010, but that was reduced to $83 million in 2011). Although no funding for Second Chance was included in the bill, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy pledged to work to restore funding when the House and Senate Appropriations Committees attempt to resolve differences between the two spending bills.
The bill also provides $9 million for the Mentally Ill Offender Act (the legislation that authorizes the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program) for FY12. Overall it provides $2.3 billion for state and local law enforcement programs, including:
- $9 million for the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act
- $0 million for the Second Chance Act
- $395 million for Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants
- $21 million for Byrne Competitive Grants
- $35 million for Drug Courts
- $10 million for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment
Status of Federal Appropriations
|Program||FY10||FY11||FY12 President’s Request||FY12 House Bill||FY12 Senate Bill|
|Second Chance Act||$100 m||$83 m||$100 m||$70 m||$0|
|Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Program||$12 m||$9.6 m||$0||$9.9 m||$9 m|
|Justice Reinvestment||$10 m||$8.3 m||$0 m||$6 m||$0|
Committee approval is only the first step in the appropriations process. The appropriations bills must be passed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as the full House and Senate.
For the summary of the legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, please visit: http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?method=news.view&id=d396ebde-ec78-470d-b46b-b4d49c8e565e
For the bill report language, please visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-112srpt78/pdf/CRPT-112srpt78.pdf
Get Involved Today — Help Restore Second Chance Act FundingMembers of Congress need to hear from you immediately about the importance of Second Chance Act funding.
How You Can Help
- Please contact your members of Congress http://www.capwiz.com/csgjusticectr/issues/alert/?alertid=53718591&type=CO (link to letter) and ask them to support funding for the Second Chance Act in FY 2012.
- Sign the national sign-on letter in support of Second Chance Act funding.
- Share this information and ask your colleagues and friends to help protect funding for the Second Chance Act.
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