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Friday, April 11, 2008

Sudden Republican Burst of Do-Gooderism??? Credit Where It Is Due...

...Even in an Election Year...

LOL, so a few of you have been reading nothing for about 20 minutes... Sorry I hit post with just the title, but I actually have two thank yous for conservatives to announce today.

I wrote this post a few weeks ago and basically begged Sensenbrenner to do something about it. Many of you did also and our efforts were not in vain.

Low an behold he did! The missing report was released earlier this week and honestly I haven't had time to read it, but I do want to give credit where credit is due. Rep. Sensenbrenner sits on the committee that forced the release of the report and word is... he made a stink about it. More when I get a chance to read it, but the long and short is something is wrong with the original report's science and this scientist called them out on it and it's really awesome when your legislator actually responds to a request! I wish Jim would do that more often, but I'll take what I can get! LOL!

Second Chance Act signed by President Bush!

As many of you know I am passionate about the rights of formerly incarcerated persons to vote upon release from prison. Congress led by President Bush has shown that same compassion this week by passing the Second Chance Act and signing it into law.

I am not as shocked as many I spoke to about this when Congress passed the Act as a bipartisan effort. I am really thrilled that finally something really good for America has come out of Congress and this president.

Compassion and aid are the fundamentals of a good society and although we disagree and even despise so many things that happen in Washington, we must also always remember to recognize and appreciate the good. This one piece of legislation will make us safer, help rebuild families and make a siginifcant dent in the revolving doors of prison. Bush calls himself a christian and this as far as I'm concerned was his first "christian" act as president.

Demonization of those who err is counterproductive, we must first try to rehabilitate, forgive and rebuild to be the America we all dream about on our progressive and conservative pillows.

From The Sentencing Project:

Dear Friends,

President George W. Bush this week signed into law the Second Chance Act of 2007 - legislation inspired by his 2004 State of the Union address - which authorizes $362 million to expand assistance for people currently incarcerated, those returning to their communities after incarceration, and children with parents in prison.

The Second Chance Act was first introduced in 2004, by then-Representative Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), to help the nearly 700,000 people leaving prison each year. It quickly gained broad bipartisan support and earned the backing of law enforcement, state and local government, religious and justice reform organizations. Passage of the Second Chance Act highlights a new political approach to crime prevention. Imprisoning 2 million Americans has diverted enormous resources that could have been used more effectively in reducing crime. Programs that provide housing, drug treatment, education and employment provide more cost-effective approaches to producing public safety.

The Second Chance Act seeks to promote public safety by reducing recidivism rates among people reentering communities after prison. Presently, two-thirds of formerly incarcerated people are rearrested within three years after release. The services to be funded under the Second Chance Act include:

· mentoring programs for adults and juveniles leaving prison;
· drug treatment during and after incarceration, including family-based treatment for incarcerated parents;
· education and job training in prison;
· alternatives to incarceration for parents convicted of non-violent drug offenses;
· supportive programming for children of incarcerated parents; and
· early release for certain elderly prisoners convicted of non-violent offenses.
For decades, political concerns have trumped research findings in promoting harsh sentencing laws. Passage of the Second Chance Act signals that a bipartisan consensus exists for offering opportunities to those who are at risk of committing crimes. Innovation in crime prevention should be applauded; incarceration should not be the only option.

Click here to watch the President's signing ceremony or read his remarks.

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