April is 2nd Chance Month!
Governor Dayton and a growing bipartisan group of politicians are recognizing the dire need to make it easier for people involved in the criminal justice system to find jobs, housing, and education and better contribute to society.
An Update from the President
Dear Members and Friends,
As your newly-elected MN Second Chance Coalition President, I’m pleased to inform you that our merger with the Minnesota Community Corrections Association is nearly complete. In light of our shared dedication to criminal justice reform advocacy and training, our two organizations have consolidated into a single, revitalized 501(c)3 entity that will operate under the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition name in pursuit of fairness and opportunity for persons involved in the criminal justice system.
Pursuant to our recent Bylaws Amendments, we took the important step last week of selecting a new Board of Directors. Culled from past directors and steering committee members, the new Board contains some of our most dedicated participants. You will recognize many of the names and associated member organizations. I’m proud to reintroduce them here:
Ryan Pfeiffer, Esq. (President)
Gina Evans (Vice President; MN Adult and Teen Challenge))
Josh Esmay, Esq. (Past President; Legal Rights Center)
Natasha Lapcinski (Secretary)
Amber Barnes (Treasurer)
Randy Anderson, ADC-T (RS EDEN)
Deanna Smiley Gulliford (Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota)
Mark Haase, Esq. (Co-Founder, Minnesota Second Chance Coalition)
Niki Leicht (JusticePoint, Inc.)
Maria A. Raj
Beth Ross (Goodwill-Easter Seals MN)
Marcel Urman, GCDF, OWDS (EMERGE)
The merger has required considerable detail and time, but our day-to-day operations haven’t blinked. Our “MCCA wing” has continued to offer monthly corrections trainings; and we’ve been busily preparing for our upcoming March 7th Day on the Hill, our major annual legislative push at the Capitol. Our next major task will be to adopt a legislative agenda for Day on the Hill, so please expect a “Call for Policy Proposals” communique in the next week. We need your input and ideas. Another task, now underway, is to consolidate and revamp our websites and email platforms.
In concluding this letter, I’d like to ask you to consider our mission statement and how, together, we can better “advocate fair and responsible laws, policies, and practices, through professional training and legislative and community outreach, that allow people who have been involved in the criminal justice system to fully support themselves and contribute to their communities to their full potential.”
President, Minnesota Second Chance Coalition