Book Recommendations:
 Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson






Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores by Dominque DuBois Gilliad

April is Second Chance Month Since launching the first Second Chance™ Month in 2017, Prison Fellowship has spearheaded the nationwide effort to raise awareness about these barriers and unlock brighter futures for people with a criminal record.

A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System | TED2016 | Adam Foss
When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people’s lives for the better instead of ruining them.  By shifting his focus from incarceration to transforming lives, Adam Foss is reinventing the role of the criminal prosecutor.

Prison Reform:  The First Step Act 
The FIRST STEP Act will ensure people are prepared to come home from prison job-ready and have major incentives to pursue the life-changing classes that will help them succeed on the outside.  Currently, the federal prison system is failing to achieve its purpose – rehabilitation- and instead rips people away from their families, leaves them with fewer opportunities than when they entered into the system, and ultimately decreases public safety.  

The FIRST STEP Act, short for Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act, or H.R.5682 is a bipartisan prison reform bill passed by the House of Representatives on May 22, 2018. The bill’s timid reach is evident in its name, indicating the bill is only the first step in reforming the federal criminal justice system, with future reform on the horizon.  Learn more about the First Step Act.

Pros and Cons of the First Step Act.

Juvenile Justice Reform Act 2018 
This document summarizes the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act.  Core areas addressed in the act include: Racial and Ethnic Disparities, sight and sound/jail removal and deincarceration of status offenses.