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Legislation #: 100181 Introduction Date: 3/4/2010
Type: Resolution Effective Date: 3/21/2010
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS JOLLY, CURLS, CIRCO, FORD, SHARP, RILEY, MARCASON, HERMANN, SKAGGS, FUNKHOUSER, GOTTSTEIN AND SANDERS BROOK
Title: Establishing the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s support for the establishment of a community-based Second Chance Center, an offender risk reduction resource center, at the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission to increase the chances of high risk criminal offenders to become productive citizens and/or expedite their return to incarceration for the resulting improvement of public safety.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
3/2/2010 Filed by the Clerk's office
3/4/2010 Referred to Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee
3/10/2010 Immediate Adoption
3/11/2010 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 100181

 

Establishing the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s support for the establishment of a community-based Second Chance Center, an offender risk reduction resource center, at the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission to increase the chances of high risk criminal offenders to become productive citizens and/or expedite their return to incarceration for the resulting improvement of public safety.

 

WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City, Missouri places a high priority on the public’s safety; and

 

WHEREAS, Missouri Probation & Parole supervises over 12,000 offenders and United States Probation Services supervises over 1,500 offenders in the Kansas City area on a daily basis; and

 

WHEREAS, the recidivism rate for parolees to return to incarceration within the first three years of release in the Kansas City area is over 50% and according to the Missouri Department of Corrections the recidivism rate for high risk offenders is 83% and many of these offenders create new crime victims in the process; and

 

WHEREAS, Missouri Probation & Parole now identifies through an evidence-based assessment process those offenders being supervised at highest risk for re-offending; and

 

WHEREAS, the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission has established a Second Chance Program to provide a crime prevention strategy for the Metropolitan Kansas City area through research, advocacy and the funding of programs/projects that improves opportunities for ex-offenders to lead productive lives with the wide support of the community including the police department, Missouri Department of Corrections, United States Probation Services, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, educational institutions, business leaders, and faith-based and community organizations that provide direct services; and

 

WHEREAS, the Second Chance Program seeks to establish a community-based Second Chance Center to reduce the risk to public safety that will provide specific resources needed by high risk offenders who are referred to the center by Missouri Probation & Parole for services that address their respective criminogenic needs including cognitive behavioral, substance abuse, family support & mentoring, education/employment, housing, identification, health care, transportation, and other needed resources; and

 

WHEREAS, the operation of this center will increase public safety by improving the chances to develop productive citizens or assist Missouri Probation & Parole in the revocation process that removes high risk offenders more expediently; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby support the establishment of Second Chance Center, support making this a future priority legislative issue, and support the need to identify funding to make the Center a state of art public safety initiative for the people of the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the surrounding community.

 

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