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April was Second Chance Month! The Second Chance Month proclamation was signed by the President, but still approximately 1 in 3 American adults has a criminal record. As many know, this greatly limits access to education, jobs, housing, and other things needed to live a productive and normal life. 

Second Chance Month has ended, but there are still so many ways to get involved year-round! Sign the letter asking your governor to recognize Second Chance Month in your state, share your second chance story, or sign the Fair Chance Arizona Pledge.
Help us eliminate hiring, housing and education barriers for Arizonans who have been incarcerated. If you are a business owner or part of an organization that is committed to promoting fair chances for all, please sign the Fair Chance Arizona pledge. We encourage you to share this important initiative with others in your network too! Together we can enact real change in our state and our country.  
Research Study
Are you a formerly incarcerated woman in Arizona who has not attended college? Are you at least 18 years old? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Arizona State University. You will be asked to participate in a two-day workshop as well as interviews concerning your experiences and beliefs about the barriers to higher education for formerly incarcerated women. Participation is voluntary. 
For more information, contact Kendra Bell by email at kendrabo@gmail.com, by phone at 623-850-8227, or by filling out this form.
Reentry Simulations
Huge thanks to Columbia University for inviting us to bring our Reentry Simulation to students, faculty, and community members!
We were also honored to be hosted by the New York City Friends Seminary for a Reentry Simulation last month! We conducted the Reentry Simulation for their juniors and seniors.
Upcoming Reentry Simulations:

June 21 - AZ Public Defender’s Association - Tempe, AZ

August 15 - American Legislative Exchange Council - Austin, TX

October 10 - Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, Il

September - Columbia University - New York City, NY

Advocates work to slow the revolving door of repeat prisoners
The corrections department aims to reduce recidivism, or the rate of those who return to prison, by 25 percent in 10 years, according to director Charles Ryan. He said inmates’ access to meaningful jobs is key and employers should consider the untapped labor pool.

One Bill Shows Why Arizona Hasn’t Passed Any Criminal Justice Reform This Year
Arizona lawmakers have killed nearly every criminal justice reform bill filed during the 2019 legislative session. Many died without ever getting a hearing.

Corrections now charging inmates for overdose treatment
A new policy at the Arizona Department of Corrections requires inmates to pay for their medical treatment if they’re hospitalized for substance abuse.

Criminal justice reforms will require changes in culture, experts say
Crime is down in Arizona but more people are in prison, and confronting that issue will require a broad range of changes plus a lot of courage, according to a group discussion on criminal justice reform. 

Donate Today
Help us spread the word about reentry solutions. Find out how you can help create real change. You can donate through PayPal by clicking below, or by mailing your check to Reinventing Reentry. 
Mail checks to:
1776 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 8412, Scottsdale, AZ 85252