Congressman, Daley want 2nd chance for ex-offenders

May 5, 2008 2:08:53 PM PDT
Congressman Danny Davis and Mayor Daley are teaming up to get funding for a program designed to help ex-offenders.The two appeared at a news conference about Second Chance Act, a program aimed at helping those with a criminal history successfully transition back into the community. Davis is the chief sponsor of the bill.

The bill has been signed into law, but federal funds are needed. Davis is requesting more than $160 million a year.

The mayor believes the Second Chance Act offers the kind of support ex-offenders want.

"No one wants to be a burden on society or government. What they want is an opportunity to stand on their own two feet and be able to contribute back to society, rebuild their families, and rebuild their lives. It's as simple as that," said Mayor Daley.

Daley and Davis said half of the ex-offenders currently released back into the community are re-arrested within three years. They say the program is needed to break that cycle.