Part I- My name is Michael Plyler, I live in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I currently work for the York County Sheriffs Office as a Detention Sergeant. I have worked for this Agency for the last 7 years. Prior to this I worked for the South Carolina Department of Corrections for 2 years. I enjoy my job and try to make a difference in the lives of those in custody. My goal is to complete my degree and be promoted to Watch Commander.
Part II- The Second Chance Act- “Signed into law in April 2008, the Second Chance Act (SCA) aims to enhance public safety by breaking the cycle of criminal recidivism and improving outcomes for people returning from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. The SCA authorizes the awarding of federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide reentry services and programs, including employment and housing assistance, victim support, and substance abuse treatment. Additionally, SCA funds may be used to support general criminal justice system improvements.” I believe that the Second Chance act has had some success in decreasing the recidivism rates in some areas. While it has decreased in some ways I don’t believe that it will ever be entirely successful due to criminal behavior is a very difficult task to get away from. Many offenders returned right back to where they committed original crimes and then fall into the same old habits.