We are a bipartisan 501(c)3 advocating for responsible policies
and practices enabling persons with justice system involvement
to support themselves and their families and contribute
to their communities to their full potential.
MN SECOND CHANCE COALITION
We are a bipartisan 501(c)3 advocating for responsible policies and practices enabling persons with justice system involvement to support themselves and their families and contribute to their communities to their full potential.
Legislative Priorities Training: Second Chance Day on the Hill 2021
This event will provide more information on each priority
so that you feel confident joining your lawmakers for a
legislative visit. Of course, anyone interested in learning
more is welcome to join us.
We're proud to advance four legislative priorities at our virtual rally:
end youth life without parole, prosecutor initiated re-sentencing,
reduce the impact of fines and fees, and primary
The most impactful way for you to influence the policies
that impact you and those you care about is by meeting with
your legislators. Second Chance Coalition members can help
you connect with your legislator about the second chance
issues you care about.
Fines and fees from traffic and low-level criminal
violations strip assets from low income communities,
especially communities of color. Individuals who lack the liquid
assets to pay a ticket in full and on time experience an escalation
of consequences, including late fees, collection fees, and driver’s
license suspensions, which can create a debt-to-jail trap for many people.
Pardon Reform Bill
The proposed bill will create a nine-member part-time clemency/pardon
review commission with 3-members each chosen by the Governor, the Attorney
General and the Chief Justice. This Commission and its staff will take over
the role of the role of the commissioner of corrections regarding intake,
investigation, and evaluation of the petitions for clemency/pardons.
Contrary to widespread belief,
Minnesotans do not regain the right to vote when
they've finished serving their prison time.
Only once they've finished lengthy periods of
supervision, often decades in duration, can they
participate in our democracy and teach their
children civic responsibility.