April 24, 2015
Restoring opportunities. Strengthening communities.
The NC Second Chance Alliance is a statewide alliance of advocacy organizations, service providers, faith-based organizations, community leaders and directly impacted and concerned citizens that has come together to promote policies that remove barriers to productive citizenship for people with criminal records.
Consider these facts from the NC Second Chance Alliance:
- 1.6 million North Carolians have criminal records.
- Approximately 40,000 individuals are currently in North Carolina’s 70 prisons.
- Currently, 1 in 106 Caucasian males is incarcerated, while 1 in 36 Latino males and 1 in 15 African-American males are incarcerated.
- It costs the NC Department of Public Safety $27,000 annually to incarcerate someone.
- 95% of incarcerated individuals will eventually leave prison and return home.
- 92% of employers conduct criminal background checks; an applicant with a criminal record is 50% less likely to receive a call back.
- More than 900 state and federal laws deny North Carolinians a wide range of privileges and rights based on a criminal record.
- North Carolina’s 3-year recidivism rate is 40%.
What we’re lobbying for:
- Reinvestment of Justice Reinvestment Act savings into community-based reentry services and local reentry councils
- Reasonable wait times for expunctions of first-time nonviolent offenses
- Expanded eligibility for Certificates of Relief
- “Ban the Box”policies for state and local public hiring
- Raise the Age of juvenile jurisdiction to 17