Minnesota Second Chance Day on the Hill

The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition of over 50 organizations who advocate for fair and responsible laws and policies that allow those who have committed crimes and served their sentences to fully support themselves and their families, as well as contribute their full potential to the community. RS EDEN has always been very active with the coalition and this year has been no different. Due to the work dozens of passionate individuals, Minnesota legislators and criminal justice leaders have struck a deal on what could be the most significant reforms to the state's drug laws in decades.

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The 9th annual Second Chance Day on the Hill was a huge success. The event was held on March 15th at the Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill and RS EDEN had several clients from the substance abuse program in attendance. Speakers included Randy Anderson of RS EDEN, Gina Evans of MN Adult and Teen Challenge, Suzula Bidon of MN Recovery Connection, Pastor George Gipson of Crossroads Church, Second Chance Coalition co-chair Kaying Thao and advocate Mariah Wilberg. Each speaker shared their stories about a life impacted by the justice system. While each story was unique, they were also unified with a theme of becoming community leaders, national advocates, lawyers, recovery services counselors, students, program directors and even legislators despite incredible odds. Many of the attendees met their legislative representatives to discuss their individual issues and struggles.

More resources available below:

Protesters demand second chance for nelson, CBS

"I didn't need a long prison sentence...I just needed help, Fox9 News

Plan to Redo Drug Sentencing Brings Out Emotional Crowd, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Drug Reform Deal Would Reduce Penalties for Some, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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