THE COALITION SUPPORTS REFORMS THAT:
ENSURE THAT EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF MEANS OR BACKGROUND, IS TREATED
EQUALLY AND FAIRLY THROUGH EVERY PART OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM.
MAXIMIZE THE ABILITY OF JUSTICE INVOLVED INDIVIDUALS TO ACCESS EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, AND
EDUCATION, AND TO BECOME FULLY CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.
ENSURE THAT JUVENILE INVOLVED JUVENILES ARE NOT LIMITED IN
THEIR ABILITY TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL ADULTS.
FULLY DIAGNOSE AND TREAT MENTAL ILLNESS AND ADDICTION.
LIMIT THE POTENTIALLY ADVERSE IMPACT OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
Reduce the Impact of Fines and 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. The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition joins the Minnesota Asset Building Coalition and a diverse range of stakeholders in supporting the following chances:
Reduce Length of Felony Probation Periods
Minnesota courts impose some of the longest probation periods in the county. 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. The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition supports amending Minn. Stat. § 609.135 Subd. 2 to impose a 5-year cap on felony probation for non-sex offenses and an 8-year cap on cases where the sentencing guidelines recommend prison but the court imposes probation.
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. The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition believes that people working and paying taxes in their communities should be able to vote for their elected officials.
In addition to the three priorities listed above, the Second Chance Coalition also supports the following reform efforts: