President Bush Signs Second Chance Act, Providing Funding for Drug Treatment; Rep. Davis Attends

(Washington, D.C.) — On April 9, with members of Congress and others on hand, including Chicago U.S. Representative Danny Davis (D-IL), President George W. Bush signed the prisoner re-entry legislation, Second Chance Act of 2007, at the Executive Office Building in Washington.

The Act authorizes $165 million in grants for state, local and non-profit re-entry programs, drug treatment programs, research, and a resource center for ex-offenders.

“This bill is going to support the caring men and women who help America’s prisoners find renewal and hope,” Bush said at the ceremony.

Davis was the bill’s original sponsor.

Melody Heaps, president of the Chicago-based Center for Health and Justice, says the Second Chance Act is economically smart, because it curbs state prison costs.

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