NACDL Releases Model State ‘Second Look’ Legislation
December 15, 2020

NACDL reports,

“Second Look = Second Chance: The NACDL Model “Second Look Legislation.” These two resources provide legislatures with the tools to allow long-term incarcerated individuals, assisted by counsel, to petition courts for a sentence reduction after ten years in prison. At the federal level alone, 53% of incarcerated individuals are serving sentences of 10 years or more and 30% have sentences of 15 years or more. “Second Look” legislation provides a safe and just path to reconsider and reduce lengthy sentences that have contributed to the U.S. mass incarceration problem and gives incarcerated individuals a second chance at freedom.”

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