MISSION AND HISTORY
The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition is a bipartisan 501(c)3 nonprofit consisting of hundreds of nonprofit member organizations and individuals. Collectively, we believe in second chances, the principle that persons who have been punished for crimes should have meaningful opportunities to live, work, and grow as people after serving their debts to society.
Through professional training, grassroots mobilization, and legislative outreach, our mission is to “advocate fair and responsible laws, policies, and practices . . . enabling individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system to fully support themselves and contribute to their communities to their full potential.” Our work touches upon fair hiring, housing, voting, and sentencing practices.
Maybe you’ve heard of Minnesota’s successful “Ban the Box” initiative? If so, you already know of us—for we were one of the main architects and supporters of that legislation. “Ban the Box” legislation, which Minnesota passed into law, prohibits employers from automatically excluding people with criminal records before the interview process. We are proud of the law, because it gives people with criminal records a better chance for meaningful employment and financial independence from the state, which in turn save taxpayers' dollars and contribute to a healthier economy.
ENSURE THAT EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF MEANS OR BACKGROUND, IS TREATED EQUALLY AND FAIRLY THROUGH EVERY PART OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
MAXIMIZE THE ABILITY OF JUSTICE INVOLVED INDIVIDUALS TO ACCESS EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, AND EDUCATION, AND TO BECOME FULLY CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES.
ENSURE THAT JUSTICE INVOLVED JUVENILES ARE NOT LIMITED IN THEIR ABILITY TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL ADULTS.