SECOND LOOK ACT: NEW LEGISLATION FOCUSED ON AGING PRISONERS

SECOND LOOK ACT: NEW LEGISLATION FOCUSED ON AGING PRISONERS

A GROUNDBREAKING APPROACH TO OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM

PICTURED: Ebony Underwood & Matthew Charles

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), introduced an ambitious bill that pioneers a groundbreaking approach to our justice system by giving a “second look” to those aging behind bars.

Studies show that people age out of Criminality, particularly by their late 30s and 40s.

The Second Look Act inspired by Matthew Charles and William Underwood would create a rebuttable presumption of release for petitioners who are 50 years of age or older and have been incarcerated for 10 years or more, meaning the burden shifts to the government to demonstrate why the petitioner should remain behind bars. Despite the fact that recidivism rates are significantly lower for people released from prison who are 50 and older, roughly 250,000 individuals aged 50 and above remain behind bars, costing taxpayers about $16 billion annually.

WHAT WILL THE SECOND LOOK ACT DO?

THE SECOND LOOK ACT WOULD:

  • Enable individuals sentenced to more than 10 years imprisonment and who have served at least 10 years to petition a court to be released.
  • Create a rebuttable presumption of release for petitioners who are 50 years of age or older on the date of the petition.
  • Establish factors for courts to consider, including whether they demonstrate a readiness for reentry and are not a danger to the safety of any person or the community.
  • Mandate the United States Sentencing Commission issue an annual public report detailing the effect of the provision, including the racial impact.

FIND YOUR STATE SENATOR Your text to link here…
and URGE them to SIGN the SECOND LOOK ACT into LAW!!!