Minnesota 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

The Coalition Supports Reform that:

Fines & Fees
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.
Felony Probation Periods
Minnesota courts impose some of the longest probation periods in the country. Effective probation terms can both prevent future crime and foster individual growth for probations. It is important to strike a balance between these competing interests when establishing appropriate probation terms.
Voting Restoration
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.

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