MEDIA RELEASE: Second Chance Lobby Day Supports Safer Communities This Tuesday

Second Chance Lobby Day Supports Safer Communities This Tuesday
RALEIGH (April 26, 2011) -- Helping former offenders with re-entry into society makes communities safer and reduces spending on prison construction and operations. Tomorrow, a coalition will back forward-thinking policies on former offenders during Second Chance Lobby Day at the NC General Assembly.
On April 26, 2011, the Second Chance Alliance – a coalition of groups working on ex-offender issues – will lobby at the NC General Assembly. The coalition, which includes the NC Justice Center and Community Success Initiative, will call on our state leaders to take a deep look at the barriers facing people with criminal records. 
The event begins at 9 a.m. with a briefing in the auditorium on the third floor of the Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones Street-Raleigh, NC 27601. A press conference will follow at 11 a.m. in the General Assembly Press Room. Speakers will include Rep. Garland Pierce and other lawmakers; business owners who employ former offenders; and former offenders whose lives will be impacted by pending legislation.
Among the policies Second Chance Lobby Day will support:
·         A process where people with criminal records can earn back their rights
·         A “Ban the Box” policy for jobs with the State of NC that delays a criminal record request until after a conditional job offer has been extended
·         Funding for comprehensive local re-entry plans that provide needed services in such areas as housing, employment, substance abuse and transportation
·         The re-appointment of the Legislative Study Commission on Barriers Facing People With Criminal Records
·         Improved opportunity for expungement in North Carolina

For more information, contact Ajamu Dillahunt, NC Justice Center,; or Dennis Gaddy, Community Success Initiative, ; (919) 834-7626, ext. 11.