WATCH: “Changing Laws, Changing Lives:” Inside Look at How Georgia, Oklahoma and Kentucky Are Reforming Their Justice Systems

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We produced this video, “Changing Laws, Changing Lives,” to share the story how Georgia, Oklahoma and Kentucky – led by Republican governors – are reforming their justice systems. Govs. Matt Bevin, Nathan Deal, and Mary Fallin are featured in the video and discuss the often difficult journey they took in Kentucky, Georgia and Oklahoma to pass legislation with bipartisan support that reduce their states’ costly prison populations and break down barriers so individuals leaving prison can get back to work, support their families and lead productive, redeemed lives. The video makes clear that when we work together, regardless of political affiliation, we can make our justice system smarter, fairer and more efficient. Please share with your networks and then contact …

Our Take on New Crime Data: We Demand More From Our Justice System

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September 26, 2016 U.S. Justice Action Network Deputy Director Jenna Moll responds to the release of new FBI Crime Data. This post originally appeared on Medium. No matter the crime rate, increasing or decreasing, in one city or in several states, in rural neighborhoods or in metropolitan areas, our justice system must do a better job of responding to crime. We’ve lost too many lives, put too many citizens in fear, spent too much money, built too many prisons, and damaged too many families to allow our justice system to continue to fail us. Today, the federal government released the 2015 crime statistics. The numbers come as no surprise to Dennis …

46 Top Prosecutors Including Former Attorney General, U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and FBI Directors Endorse House Sentencing and Corrections Reform Bills

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September 9, 2016 Former federal law enforcement officials including former FBI Directors William Sessions and Louis Freeh, former-Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former-Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and Charles Renfrew, have endorsed sentencing and corrections reform bills currently under consideration in the House of Representatives. In a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, 46 former federal prosecutors urge Congress to bring H.R. 3713, H.R. 759 and S. 2123 to the floor and pass reforms that are good for federal law enforcement, public safety and will more effectively ensure that justice shall be done. Still open …

Join Our September Campaign Effort to Urge Congress to Act on Justice Reform

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Congress is back in session this month and we’re joining with our sister organization, the Coalition for Public Safety to launch a major September campaign effort to drive momentum and deliver a message to lawmakers from voters – it’s time to #ActOnCJR. We’re going to be coordinating closely with our eight conservative and progressive partner organizations, for a series of events and activities throughout September to urge Congress to bring sentencing and corrections reform legislation to a vote. The initial phase of the campaign will focus on the House of Representatives, urging members to follow Speaker Ryan’s lead and support sentencing reform. We will also amplify supportive law enforcement voices – inside the Beltway and beyond …

The Washington Times Op-Ed: “Out Front On Justice Reform”

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Check out our new op-ed in The Washington Times from U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris and Coalition for Public Safety President Steven Hawkins highlighting how the big success story in criminal justice reform is happening at the state level. You can read the piece in full here. “Most of the discussion on justice reform efforts focuses on federal legislation. Indeed, several bills with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate would aid in safely reducing the federal prison population and addressing the revolving door of incarceration. And while justice reform advocates are frustrated that these bills have yet to come to a vote, focusing all the attention …

ICYMI: The Hill Op-Ed: Ryan’s Victory Trumps Justice Reform Opponents

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The Hill recently published an op-ed from our Director of Federal Affairs Andrew Howard and Executive Director Holly Harris. Following Speaker Paul Ryan’s defeat of his primary challenger, Paul Nehlen, the piece outlines the potential for this moment to be the game changer that helps to bring criminal justice reform legislation to a vote this September. Below are some excerpts from the piece which you can read in full here. “House Speaker Paul Ryan’s, primary opponent, Paul Nehlen frequently attacks Ryan’s support for criminal justice reform.  Nehlen accused Ryan of pushing Obama’s agenda on jailbreak criminal justice reform policies.“Not only was Nehlen’s narrative wrong, his political calculus was flawed. Ryan clobbered him on …