FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Andy Sagvold, Goodwill/Easter
Second Chance Day on the Hill Gathers Supporters of Justice Reform at State Capitol – January 31, 2012
St. Paul, MN (January 24, 2012) – Hundreds of ex-offenders, their families and supporters of justice reform are expected to gather on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda to highlight the importance of second chances for individuals with criminal histories. The effort is led by the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition, a non-partisan consortium of nonprofits and companies 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 Charitable Trusts, when ex-offenders can find and keep employment, they are more likely to be able to support their children and avoid crime.
WHO: Minnesota Second Chance Coalition
Rally Speakers Include: John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney; Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner, MN Department of Human Rights; Matt Kremer, President, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce; Paul Schnell, Chief of Police, Hastings, MN; Gary Borgendale, Ministry Director, AM980 KKMS Radio; Vednita Carter, Executive Director, Breaking Free.
WHAT: Second Chance Day on the Hill Rally
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
WHERE: Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda – St. Paul, MN
Ramsey County District Court Judge George T. Stephenson summed up the spirit of the day when he said, “Most folks in our courts are placed on probation and do NOT go to prison. They are our brothers and daughters, our friends and neighbors. We all need to work together to help them return to our communities as law-abiding, contributing members.”
The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition is a partnership of over 65 organizations that advocate for fair and responsible laws, policies, and practices that allow those who have committed crimes to redeem themselves, fully support themselves and their families, and contribute to their communities to their full potential.
To learn more about attending Second Chance Day on the Hill or for information about the Coalition and its members, visit www.mnsecondchancecoalition.org.
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