Fund a partnership between HBCUs and recently incarcerated individuals?
• At the time of research and publication, no official opponent statements were found. This does not necessarily mean that nobody opposes the bill, nor does it mean that statements won’t be made in the future.
• "I expect over the next few years that the [Second-Chance] program will continue to grow and be made permanent. It is working, and it is seeing measurable drops in recidivism through participation." Source: Rep. French Hill (Republican, Arkansas, District 2)
• "The Shift Back to Society Act will facilitate successful transitions to employment and successful transitions back to this community. It lines up with our core values and our mission statement in the department, which emphasizes issues related to public safety, accountability and rehabilitation. These college partnerships make complete sense for us as we continue our mission of being a public safety and rehabilitative resource for the state. We know there is more than one man, more than one woman incarcerated right now in my facilities and facilities across this nation who need salvation, who ended support. This act would allow us to reach those ones until we have communities that are ready to change the world." Source: Solomon Graves, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Corrections
• "This legislation will have a great impact on the state of Arkansas as well as the nation. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are looking for an opportunity to make a productive contribution to society. Unfortunately, we live in a country in which most incarcerated people are disproportionately African American. All of those people deserve a second chance." Source: Robert Carr, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
This bill introduces a Department of Education (DOE) program to match grants to historically Black colleges and universities for recently incarcerated individuals. The program’s goal would be to ease the transition for individuals from confinement back into society. The bill defines eligible offenders as those released from incarceration for no longer than one year or those scheduled for release within one year. Sponsor: Rep. French Hill (Republican, Arkansas, District 2)
- ICYMI: Hill to Try Again to Aid Ex-Inmates (Press Release)
- Representatives Cohen, Hill, Sewell, and Turner Introduce Legislation to Improve Re-Entry for Formerly Incarcerated People
- Rep. Hill Reintroduces Bill to Offer Educational Aid to Ex-Inmates (The College Post)
- From Prisons to Communities: Confronting Re-Entry Challenges and Social Inequality (American Psychological Association)