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Second Chance Act giving ex-offenders hope in Chicago

from Medill News Service via Austin Weekly News

The revolving door of ex-offenders going in and out of prison remains a major problem in Chicago. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, who represents more ex-offenders than any other member of the Illinois Congressional delegation, authored legislation that aims to help those former inmates transition back into society. His Second Chance Act passed in Congress in 2008. The law already has channeled hundreds of millions of federal dollars to programs nationwide. President George W. Bush signed the bipartisan bill, and advocates emphasize apparent early successes. But some local observers offer a nuanced picture of the act's impact. While the legislation has promise, its long-term effects will be limited without more funding from Congress. more

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