Second chance should be offered all offenders [Letter]

December 01, 2013

I read the recent commentary by Craig DeRoche and Benjamin Todd Jealous in The Sun regarding the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, and it was well done ("Everyone deserves a second chance," Nov. 25). The issue that I have written to multiple legislators about is that the act only gives a second chance to non-violent offenders.

There are a high number of violent and registered sex offenders entering our communities on a daily basis, and the original act includes no provision for assisting these people. One could say this is discriminatory in nature.

Another issue that is not considered in the second chance act is that a handful of states export their prisoners to privately owned facilities, sometimes thousands of miles from their communities. How can an inmate from Vermont plan for re-entry while in Kentucky or Arizona?

T. Burgess, Morrisville, Vt.

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