EVERYONE DESERVES A
HELPING RESTORE DIGNITY FOR THE PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED
Second Chance Network believes that every citizen that has paid their dues to society, has the right to return to their life and make a meaningful impact in their community. One of the first steps, is helping them regain their ability to cast their important vote. The ability to vote is a fundamental right in this country and we believe that taking that right away significantly harms the ex-offender and his/her family. These individuals need to be reintegrated into society, given the opportunity to job skill training and provided with the chance to earn back the trust of their community and earn a living to support their family.
Founder ROY KESSEL
Roy Kessel has long worked with individuals who are attempting to reintegrate into society. Having practiced law for over 20 years, Roy has experience working with many start-up businesses and assisting entrepreneurs launch their new business visions. As the formerly incarcerated return to the free world, they frequently struggle to figure out how they can best earn a living to support their family. Roy advocates for workforce development programs in the communities and works with local leaders to bring in the job training and skill training that are needed. Roy frequently writes, tweets and speaks on the issues of social justice, justice reform, prison reform and re-entry preparation.
“A man without
a vote is a man
– LYNDON B. JOHNSON
JUSTICE REFORM ORGANIZATIONS
THE NATIONAL REGISTRY
The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. It was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989-cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence. The Registry also maintains a more limited database of known exonerations prior to 1989.
MICHIGAN LAW – UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN INNOCENCE CLINIC
At the Michigan Innocence Clinic at Michigan Law, clinic students investigate and litigate cases on behalf of prisoners who have new evidence that may establish that they are actually innocent of the crimes for which they have been convicted. Unlike many other innocence clinics, which specialize in DNA exonerations, the Michigan Innocence Clinic focuses on innocence cases where there is no DNA to be tested. The Clinic’s work spans all levels of state and federal courts. Since its founding in 2009, the Clinic has successfully won the release of 18 people who had been wrongfully convicted, and served anywhere from two to 46 years in prison.
THE FLORIDA CAMPAIGN FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
The Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) is a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of organizations working to combat the over-criminalization and over-incarceration of Floridians by changing laws and public opinion. Members include: Southern Poverty Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, Florida League of Women Voters, Associated Industries of Florida, R Street Institute, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Public Defender Association, Florida Legal Services, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida Justice Institute, New Florida Majority Florida, Council of Churches, Farmworker Self-Help. Inc., Latino Justice PRLDEF, Southern Legal Counsel, SEIU Florida, Alliance for Safety and Justice.
“Somewhere inside of
all of us is the power
to change the world”
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