--- Citizens for Second Chances ---

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead
American Anthropologist


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Mission Statement

This mission statement is to clarify the goals of Citizens for Second Chances and indicate these goals in order of importance.


1. Provide an emotional support system for families of and individuals charged with a registerable offense. This article is without regard to guilt or innocence. It indicates emotional support only and is not meant to imply any legal advice to the families or those charged with a CSC or registerable offense. This article is without regard to guilt or innocence. It indicates emotional support only and is not meant to imply any legal advice to the families or those charged with a CSC offense.

2. Suggest legislation to amend or revise the current Michigan Sex Offender Registration Statute and to work with Michigan legislators to support and pass this legislation into law. Proposals are meant to establish new guidelines for the registry statute, not to abolish a statewide registry. A proposal to amend or revise the Michigan Sex Offender Registry Statute has been written by Citizens for Second Chances and is available upon request. This proposal is meant to establish new guidelines for the registry statute, not to abolish a statewide registry.

3. Suggest legislation to amend or revise current Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct laws and to work with Michigan legislators to support and pass this legislation into law. The Michigan Criminal Sexual Conduct laws do not accurately reflect actual offenses or circumstances. Re-definition of these laws is crucial to assist prosecutors and judges in determining appropriate consequences for each case.

4. Educate the public on the issues and consequences concerning Michigan's Criminal Sexual Conduct laws and Sex Offender Registration Act.
History
How we got started:
Citizens for Second Chances began in 2002 as a way for two families, who had sons charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct, to reach out to others in similar situations. We are primarily a support group for families of those accused in the State of Michigan. What began with just a few parents, with a desire to help others in this situation, has evolved into a support group with a mission to impact legislation in the State of Michigan (see Mission Statement).

We have members from across the state of Michigan. Many in the press and legislature are also aware of us. We have had articles published in the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, several local television appearances as well as a spot on MSNBC.

We have some political contacts within the State of Michigan and we network with others across the country that share the same concerns. We operate on donations (voluntary) from our members and the membership is kept confidential. The only names to become public do so at the member's request.

Association with Citizens for Second Chances does not affect an offender's standing in the court system, plea or sentence. Nor does it enhance an inmate's opportunity for parole.

Copyright 2003-2007 Citizens for Second Chances. All rights reserved.
P.O. Box 84, Grand Haven, MI 49417-0084
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