Second Chance Risk Reduction Center
The Second Chance Risk Reduction Center, a program of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission, was launched in August of 2010 as a result of the Second Chance Act of 2008. Seeking to address the issue of mass incarceration, Second Chance works tirelessly to end the cycle of poverty, crime and incarceration. Some things to consider:
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the incarceration rate among American adults is at an all time high of approximately 2.3 million individuals.
- Upwards of 95% of those individuals will be released at some point in time.
- An estimated 4.8 million are currently on probation or parole supervision.
- The national recidivism rate is around 50%.
- The Kansas City Metro area receives about 4,000 releases annually from Missouri, Kansas, and Federal Correctional Facilities.
Returning Citizens face complex health, education, housing, employment, and basic living needs. Without intervention, the likelihood of returning to incarceration is high. The human cost of recidivism is alarming; ripple effect of more crime, victimization, loss of productivity, exacerbated poverty, etc.
The challenge is to mobilize assistance from the Greater Kansas City community to enhance the successful reintegration back into the community and workforce by former offenders. The involvement of good citizens in helping this cause by providing opportunities cannot be overemphasized.
Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission
The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission is a non-profit citizen’s organization that benefits everyone in the metropolitan area, not just Kansas City. Our Board of Directors consists of volunteer business and civic leaders from the Kansas City metropolitan area with a common goal of fighting crime. Without the dedication of our board members and financial support from the community our programs would not exist.
The Crime Commission is the parent organization for four vital programs. Each program plays a major role in making the Kansas City metropolitan area a safer, more secure place to live, do business, and visit by supporting law-enforcement and justice agencies and their causes.
Our Mission Statement: As a nationally recognized non-profit, we advocate, develop strategies and operate innovative programs that bring people and public safety agencies together to power a safer, better Greater Kansas City community.
Our Belief: The Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission believes that every person deserves a safe community.
Our Core Values: We do this with integrity, equality, engagement of our diverse community, and respect for public safety agencies.