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Feb 11th

Supporters of Justice Reform gather for Second Chance Day on the Hill

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On Monday, Feb. 22 hundreds of ex‐offenders, their families and supporters of justice reform will come together at the State Capitol Rotunda to highlight the importance of second chances. The effort is being led by the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition, a non‐partisan consortium of justice advocates and nonprofit leaders working to raise statewide and national awareness regarding the barriers facing individuals with criminal records. These barriers affect the social, civic and economic stability of families and entire communities.

According to the Pew Center on the States, one out of every 26 Minnesotans is currently incarcerated, or on probation or parole, accounting for over 152,000 state residents and $460 million dollars spent on state corrections work. The Second Chance Coalition believes that kind of investment in people and dollars should be spent thoughtfully, holding people responsible for their actions while offering them a way to move ahead with their lives once punishment ends.

The rally will take place beginning at 10 a.m. and volunteers will meet with their legislators throughout the day to discuss how fair and responsible laws, policies, and practices can allow those who have committed crimes to redeem themselves, support themselves and their families, and contribute to their communities to their full potential.

Speakers for the rally include: St. Paul City Attorney John Choi; St. Paul Police Department Commander Todd Axtell; Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek; MN National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Executive Director Sue Abderholden; Brockton Hunter, the Chair of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Bishop Lee A. Piché. Legislators offering their views include State Senators Linda Higgins, Steve Dille, and Julianne Ortman, as well as State Representatives Bobby Joe Champion and Tom Rukavina. A pre‐rally press conference is also scheduled for 9 a.m. that day.

To learn more about the Coalition and its members, visit its website at; or follow them on Facebook by joining the “MN Second Chance Coalition” group.

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