76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

IN SUPPORT OF FULL FUNDING AND ‘BEST PRACTICE’ IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SECOND CHANCE ACT

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has long establishedpolicy on the reintegration of ex-offenders covering the lastten years; and

WHEREAS, in 1998, the USCM called upon the Federal Government toimplement better funding methods through the States foraddressing youth violence and juvenile justice issues; and

WHEREAS, in 2005, the USCM adopted policy supporting passage ofthe Second Chance Act as well as encouraging the efforts offaith-based and community initiatives to aid the reentrycommunity; and

WHEREAS, in 2007, the USCM made its boldest statement to date onreentry concerns by outlining specific actions that should betaken by all levels of government to provide ex-offenders withgreater opportunities to attain self-sufficiency; and

WHEREAS, in 2007, the USCM reiterated its call for betterregulation of the sealing, expunging and releasing of juvenilerecords, particularly those associated with nonviolent crimes, so that young people affected have the maximum opportunity tobecome self-sufficient, successful adults; and

WHEREAS, these policies have taken on added significance thanksto the successful passage and signing into federal law of the“Second Chance Act of 2007.” Now, there exists federalauthorization for ex-offender efforts that have been championedby mayors for years; and

WHEREAS, the Second Chance Act endorses a more comprehensiveapproach to addressing reentry, requiring collaboration amongstfederal agencies such as DOJ, HHS, and DOL, as well asstate/local government and private service providers; and

WHEREAS, the Second Chance Act also helps to bridge the nexusbetween work and reentry by collapsing barriers to institutionalaid experienced by those attempting to reenter society, including, for example, bans of financial assistance for highereducation, HUD’s ‘one-strike-and-you’re-out’ policy, and alifetime ban on TANF and food stamp benefits for ex-offenderswith certain convictions; and

WHEREAS, the Second Chance Act contains several criticalauthorizations for fiscal years 2009 and 2010 such as $55million for Adult and Juvenile Offender State/Local ReentryDemonstration Projects; $10 million for state/local family-basedabuse treatment programs; $10 million for state/local evaluationefforts of educational methods at prisons, jails, and juvenilefacilities; $15 million for state/local governments toward theReentry Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice CollaborationProgram; $10 million for state/local governments toward theTechnology Careers Training Program; $15 million for nonprofitorganizations toward Mentoring Programs; and

WHEREAS, Section 101 of the Second Chance Act requires that eachlocal government applicant develop a comprehensive strategicreentry plan that contains annual and five-year performanceoutcomes,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United StatesConference of Mayors calls upon the U.S. Congress to fund theSecond Chance Act for fiscal years 2009 and 2010 at the fullauthorized amount; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the USCM calls upon the U.S.Congress to begin discussions on a reauthorization of the SecondChance Act upon the convening of the 111th Congress for anadditional period of more than a two years; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the USCM Ex-Offender Task Forcework in close coordination with the Second Chance Act’s National Resource Center, assisting the Center in meeting its mandate ofcollecting data and information on best practices in reentryprogramming and partnering with the Center in disseminating‘best practice’ knowledge to state and local governments; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that mayors commit to assessing andreducing the barriers that exist in their own municipalregulations to hiring, promoting, and providing increasedcompensation opportunities for ex-offenders in city-paidpositions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the USCM calls upon the U.S.Department of Labor to assess each state’s obstructions toemploying ex-offenders and list those obstructions in a timelypublication that can be used by state and local governments toreduce such impediments.