Equal rehabilitation opportunities for African Americans in prison

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Research has shown that rehabilitation can help offenders have a higher chance of being employed after release. However, the system has many restrictions and limitations that hinder the chances of betterment for African Americans. Every citizen should be treated equally in the eyes of justice, and there should not be any form of discrimination against Blacks. We hope to see changes in the system, where people of all races (when eligible) get the same opportunities in getting the help (rehabilitation, treatment, skills training etc) they need to stay away from a life of crime. By signing this petition, we can help that happen. Our ultimate goal as a society is to live in a safe environment, and by giving offenders a second chance by offering appropriate treatment and programs, we are helping society as a whole.

Our petition is similar to the Bill that was signed recently:

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 3406): This bill helps prisoners who have completed their sentences successfully return to society, thereby enhancing public safety. This legislation, authored by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Congressman Danny Davis (D-Ill.), builds on the success of the original Second Chance Act of 2008 and continues to authorize funding for both public and private entities to evaluate and improve reentry programming, including academic and vocational education for offenders in prison, jails and juvenile facilities. This legislation also includes important accountability measures and eliminates programs that have not been used.

We are working towards fighting for ALL prisoners who meet the medical criteria for substance abuse addiction to receive treatment, and also those prisoners who are eligible for treatment and programs to receive the help they require, based on their risks and needs.

Some suggestions as to what can be done: 

  • Having employers coming in to prison to look for potential employees
  • Job training can be conducted in prison, and inmates can start employment upon release
  • Focusing more on needs of offenders instead of the crimes they committed

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