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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: April 6, 2021 01:32 PM
From: Senator Camera Bartolotta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Second Chance Month - April 2021
In the near future, I will introduce a resolution designating April 2021 as “Second Chance Month” in Pennsylvania.
Each year, more than 15,000 inmates earn parole or complete their prison sentence. Approximately 37 percent of inmates who will be released from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections will be rearrested or reincarcerated within one year of release from prison, and 63 percent will be rearrested or reincarcerated within three years of release from prison. 
Our Commonwealth recognizes the importance of establishing effective reentry strategies through collaboration with state and county agencies, citizens, community service providers and social service advocates to efficiently use and streamline resources. Together, we are creating better opportunities for these returning citizens to fully reintegrate into their communities. This benefits not just those individuals but all of society, and it is the best strategy to reduce recidivism.  
Please consider cosponsoring this resolution which acknowledges those citizens who return to their communities and earn the opportunity, once again, to become contributing members of society.

Introduced as SR73