Everyone deserves a second chance [Commentary]


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Everyone deserves a second chance [Commentary].

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-justice-20131124,0,6008671.story

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Everyone deserves a second chance

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act would help those leaving jail or prison transition back into society

By Craig DeRoche and Benjamin Todd Jealous

6:00 AM EST, November 25, 2013

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Government shutdown. Hyper-partisanship. Ideological warfare. Gridlock in Congress.

While those are four things that too many associate with Washington, the reality is that along the banks of the Potomac, sensible minds from across the political and ideological spectrums are coming together in the most unexpected area of governance: criminal justice.

Justice is the ideal pursued, albeit imperfectly, in our nation’s founding documents and advanced through time by our greatest leaders. It is also pursued and administered in every town and neighborhood — in red, blue and purple states — across the country.

Yet criminal justice is among the worst performing and most expensive government endeavors today.

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