President Bush signed into law the Second Chance Act, which includes several recommendations regarding prisoner reentry suggested by MacArthur grantee the Council of State Governments Justice Center. The law will provide $326 million to develop prisoner reentry initiatives to help reduce recidivism rates and to support a range of programs, including job training and placement, housing, medical care, drug treatment, and mentoring. There are more than 650,000 people released from U.S. prisons and jails each year. In Illinois, about two-thirds of these returning prisoners are convicted of a crime within three years of their release. The Foundation funded research for an influential policy report by the Council, which complements MacArthur’s support for a prisoner re-entry demonstration project in Chicago.
Community & Economic Development
MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports neighborhood revitalization, prevention of youth violence, and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is also exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.