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Second Chance Act reauthorized at last minute, after inclusion in FIRST STEP Act.

It took the Senate months to take action on the FIRST STEP Act, after the House initially passed its version of the bill in May.FIRST STEP Act, S.756, 115th Congress (2018) (actions overview). When the upper chamber released the final draft of the bill—the version ultimately enacted—it included language reauthorizing the Second Chance Act of 2007.FIRST STEP Act, S.756, 115th Congress (2018), Title V; and CSG Justice Center, “President Trump Signs First Step Act into Law,” 2018. As the main law guiding federal investment into local and state supports for individuals returning to their communities from jails and prisons, the Second Chance Act has enjoyed strong bipartisan support, yet was overdue for renewal.FIRST STEP Act, S.756, 115th Congress (2018), Title V; and CSG Justice Center, “President Trump Signs First Step Act into Law,” 2018. This reauthorization included improvements and revisions but did not broadly re-envision the law.FIRST STEP Act, S.756, 115th Congress (2018), Title V; and CSG Justice Center, “President Trump Signs First Step Act into Law,” 2018.