The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition advocates for effective, just, and responsible laws, policies, and practices to ensure that those who have been involved in the criminal legal system can have meaningful second chances that create paths to achieve self-sufficiency and the opportunity to contribute to their communities to their full potential, and system-involved youth are not limited in their ability to become successful adults.

Are you a legislator, candidate, organization, or individual interested in connecting about state policies? Contact  Andrea Palumbo (she/her), Legislative Affairs Committee Co Chairs at 




Clean Slate Act

The Clean Slate Act would create an automatic expungement mechanism for certain low-level petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor offenses after the conditions of sentence and crime-free waiting period requirements are satisfied. Expungement of these records will allow many individuals to find safe housing and good jobs, key factors in reducing recidivism.

Restore the Vote

Formerly incarcerated Minnesotans do not regain the right to vote when they’ve finished
serving their prison time. Only when they’ve finished lengthy periods of supervision can they participate in
our democracy. We believe that people working and paying taxes in their communities should be able to
vote for their elected officials.

Prosecutor Initiated Re-sentencing

This legislation will allow locally elected prosecutors to recommend
prison sentences for judicial review and downward adjustment based on the input of victims, the interests of justice, and other current circumstances. For some people sentenced to prison in the past, their sentence may no longer serve the interests of justice and may not be a good use of critical public safety resources.

DHS Background Checks Legislation

Every year many well-qualified workers are forced to abandon their careers in health care because they are unable to pass a background check. The barriers to their employment are old convictions, juvenile records, or even arrests/dismissed criminal cases. This bill clarifies and updates key parts of the DHS background study process, changes which will allow people to find well paying and stable employment in a sector of the economy experiencing a critical labor shortage. 

Minnesota Second Chance Coalition supports the following initiatives and proposed legislation in addition to our Top Legislative Priorities

The current state of knowledge of adolescent brain development allows us to reconsider the impacts of policies regarding juvenile justice-involvement on young people.

We are proud to stand alongside our partners at MN Coalition for Youth Justice to support a juvenile justice reform package with those considerations in mind.

This legislation expands the concept of a limited driver’s license for
individuals leaving incarceration. A reintegration license will allow its holders to drive not only to work and back, but to do other important everyday activities such as grocery shopping, going to religious services, or taking their children to school. Community ties and involvement are also key factors in reducing recidivism.


House File 2349: Minnesota Rehabilitation and Reinvestment Act established, earned incentive release and supervision abatement status provided, reports required, and money appropriated.

House File 3464Clemency Review Commission established, and report required.

House File 876: Right to vote restored to individual convicted of a felony upon completion of any term of incarceration imposed and executed by a court for the offense.

House File 0922: Corrections; guidelines for use of restraint on juveniles established, general public excluded from delinquency hearings, juvenile arrest alternatives provided, and juvenile risk assessment provided.

House File 0947Delinquent children and youth in detention facility visual inspection prohibited, delinquent children and youth in detention facility disciplinary room time prohibited, and delinquency and detention age raised to 13 years old. 

2021 Legislative Updates and Key Wins

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MNSCC thanks you for your support in the 2021 Legislative Session! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Ending Driving License Suspensions

Youth Diversion

Ending Incarceration of Pregnant People

Key Studies

Ending driver's licence suspensions due to inability to pay fines and fees.

HF336/SF432 – Ended the suspensions of driver’s licenses for unpaid traffic tickets and
other violations that don’t impact public safety.

Expansion of diversion opportunities for youth & ending of indiscriminate shackling of youth in court

HF922/SF898 – Ends courtroom restraints, and allows police departments to utilize diversion programs as an alternative to arrest.


Ending the incarceration of pregnant people - instead using community based interventions & ending the separation of newborns from incarcerated parents

1315/1403 – Allows the Commissioner of Corrections to place women who are pregnant or immediately postpartum into community alternatives such as halfway houses, supervise them in accordance with current statute, and provide them treatment and programming in the placement location for the duration of their pregnancy and for up to one-year post-birth to allow for the child to be near their mother for the first year of their lives.

We also won funding for these key studies:

  • Annual reports on the number of youth designated as Extended Jurisdiction Juveniles. For the first time in the program’s nearly 30 years, we’ll have statewide data on how it’s working.
  • Felony murder laws, which currently allow people to be punished for murder when they did not kill anyone
  • DHS background checks, which include thousands of provisions that disqualify people with records from living-wage work and entire career fields
  • “Predatory offender” registration, which casts a net so wide that it may do more harm than good
  • 60 Second Video featuring your organization played at trainings/events.
  • Sponsor Highlight in Newsletter
  • Complimentary exhibitor table at events
  • Promote your Second Chance related events on SCC website 
  • Your logo on the SCC website and logo our Second Chance T-shirts 
  • If your organization is a service-related resource, your sponsorship and logo is highlighted on our resource page.