The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition advocates for fair and responsible laws 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.

2015 LEGISLATIVE Priorities:

Voting Restoration

Minnesotans lose the right to vote until they have been released from supervision, including while they are living in the community. People living, working and paying taxes in our communities should also be able to participate in voting for their elected officials. The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition supports restoring the right to vote immediately upon release from incarceration.

Reduce the Severity of Drug Sentences
As compared to the other states, Minnesota has the 8th highest rate of people under correctional control.  A major contributing factor is our state's uncommonly long drug sentencing policies.  The Second Chance Coalition will work to reduce the length and severity of sentences for non-violent drug offenses and eliminate mandatory minimum drug sentences.

SUPPORTED:

Mug Shots Websites
Numerous private companies are profiting off of the personal information of people who are accused of crimes.  These companies republish already publicly available arrest information and mugshots on websites that show up at the top of Google searches.  They turn a profit by charging a fee, as much as $400, for the removal of each record regardless of whether the subject was convicted.  Some of these websites will even continue to publish expunged records.  The Coalition supports legislation limiting the use of law enforcement information in this manner.

Prison Gerrymandering
The U.S. Census currently counts incarcerated people as living in the districts where they are confined, not where they are from.  The Second Chance Coalition supports legislation prohibiting the padding of legislative districts with prison populations.

Rename Terroristic Threats
Terroristic Threats is one of the most stigmatizing criminal offenses in Minnesota because the word “terrorist" evokes images of conduct that is far more severe than what is typically charged. The offense should be renamed to reflect what the crime actually entails:  one person threatening to harm another.

Contact: Josh Esmay, Council on Crime and Justice, 612-353-3091, esmayj@crimeandjustice.org
                  Lori Stee, Breaking Free, 651-289-2821, lstee@breakingfree.net