Portman Continues his Three-Day ‘Results Tour’ in Mason, Participates in a Second Chance Workforce Roundtable Discussion

The Three-Day Tour Will Cover 11 Counties, More Than 630 Miles Highlighting Accomplishments that are Making a Difference for Ohio Workers, Families, and Communities

August 27, 2019 | Press Releases

MASON, OH – Today, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) continued his three-day ‘Results Tour’ by participating in a roundtable discussion focused on Second Chance Workforce opportunities hosted by Damascus, a non-profit staffing solution that works directly with men and women who face barriers to employment due to a history in the criminal justice system. Those participating in the discussion included local business leaders, the Ohio Department of Correction, and a handful of workers who have excelled post-incarceration with Damascus partners. Portman discussed his legislation signed into law in December 2018 to renew and strengthen the Second Chance Act, which supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism.  

“Today, I had a productive discussion with leadership from Damascus, other local and community leaders and workers who are benefiting from the innovative programs they have put in place.  We also discussed my Second Chance Act reauthorization that was recently signed into law as part of the broader bipartisan criminal justice reform bill. This important law helps break the cycle of incarceration through drug treatment and job training programs, and it helps former inmates live up to their God-given potential.  It also makes our communities safer and saves taxpayer dollars,” Portman said. “I’m proud of the work that is being accomplished at Damascus to help folks get back on their feet. The Second Chance Act has changed thousands of lives in Ohio and I’m pleased that we have strengthened this law to ensure it will continue to make a difference for Ohio and our country.”  

Then-Congressman Portman originally authored the Second Chance Act with the late-Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and it was signed into law in 2008. Since 2009, more than 850 Second Chance Act grant awards have been made to government agencies and nonprofit organizations from 49 states for reentry programs serving adults and juveniles – and Ohio has benefitted significantly.  As of June 2018, more than 164,000 individuals have participated in these programs. In total, Ohio has received more than $39 million in Second Chance Act grants since 2009, which includes funds to assist Ohioans reentering the community with services such as job training, drug rehabilitation, case management and mental health treatment.

Traveling more than 630 miles across Ohio over three days, Portman will see firsthand how his efforts at the federal level are helping Ohio workers, farmers, small businesses, and communities. He will participate in events highlighting how tax reform is helping our economy and how federal funding he helped secure to fight the drug epidemic is being used to save lives. Portman will also visit Ohio military installations to see how funding he helped secure is creating jobs and strengthening our national defense. In addition, he will tour the Transportation Research Center, a world-class testing facility he helped ensure can compete on a level playing field for federal funding for autonomous vehicle research.  Finally, he will visit with farmers in Northwest Ohio to highlight his efforts to help address recent flooding as well as to see how Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding he fought to preserve is being used to improve and preserve the health of Lake Erie. 

Photos from the event are below: