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Walker Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Name April Second Chance Month, Continues Work on Criminal Justice Reform

April 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representatives Mark Walker (R-N.C.) and Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution calling for April to be recognized as Second Chance Month.

“Second Chance Month serves as a reminder of the true meaning of the Great American Comeback – renewal,” Walker said. “The path to redemption is paved with the hard work and dedication of the organizations and nonprofits who empower those seeking to turn the page and achieve the promise of opportunity. This month we pay special thanks to them and everyone who helps counsel those taking the steps to become whole again.”

“Throughout my career – from the State Assembly to the LA City Council and now in Congress – I have made it a priority to fix our broken criminal justice system,”
 said Cárdenas. “For too long, we have relied on an antiquated juvenile justice model that prioritizes wasteful incarceration over efficient, effective rehabilitation. It is unconscionable that the United States leads developed nations in the highest youth incarceration rates. America is a country of second chances. Our children deserve to live in a world where you can change for the better, and where your future is not be defined by a single mistake. That is the world I am fighting for every day.”

Criminal justice reform has been a top priority for Walker during his time in Congress.

Walker was a key co-sponsor of the now signed into law First Step Act. In April 2018, Walker and Richmond penned an op-ed for The Hill calling on congressional leadership – of both parties – to dedicate the resources and afford criminal justice reform the national attention it deserves. The following month, the House passed the original version of the First Step Act.

Walker also introduced the Prison to Prosperity Act, legislation to codify President Trump’s Executive Order and expand apprenticeship programs to formerly-incarcerated individuals.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.