RALEIGH (January 13, 2020) – The NC Second Chance Act (SB562) is rare legislation that enjoys broad, bipartisan support and no known opposition. A new poll released today by Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform shows similarly overwhelming support for the legislation among voters in North Carolina.
The Second Chance Act would expand eligibility for expunging nonviolent criminal charges after a lengthy waiting period and automates expungement of certain dismissed or “not guilty” charges. One in 4 North Carolinians have criminal records, creating devastating “collateral consequences” with regards to housing, employment, and other opportunities.
“These results are heartening but not surprising,” said Tarrah Callahan, Executive Director of Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform. “The Second Chance Act is quite simply about expanding opportunity for North Carolinians who want to rebuild their lives.”
When asked about various provisions included in SB562, over 80 percent of voters responded positively. These results extended across political affiliation. The survey also found that a strong majority of voters would either be “more likely” to vote for a candidate who supported reducing barriers for individuals with criminal records, or that it would make no difference at all.
The Second Chance Act passed the NC Senate unanimously in May 2019 and, despite getting favorable reports from the House Judiciary and House Rules committees, has not been brought before the House for a vote. Supporters are urging the NC House to take up the bill this week.
Public Opinion Strategies conducted this statewide survey of 800 registered voters in North Carolina between January 4-7, 2020. The poll has a margin of error of +3.5%.
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