JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK RELEASES EXIT POLLING SHOWING OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

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Majority of Americans Support Core Provisions of Senate’s Criminal Justice Reform Package as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Prepares a Whip Count (Washington, DC) – As President Donald Trump is reported to be on the verge of an endorsement of the First Step Act, the Justice Action Network released results of a new exit poll showing overwhelming voter support for key provisions of the bill, a prison and sentencing reform package negotiated by Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin. The poll was conducted by Robert Blizzard of Public Opinion Strategies, a prominent conservative polling firm. Among the key findings in the poll: 76% of voters believe judges should be able to depart below …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK STATEMENT ON THE DEPARTURE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS

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Holly Harris, Executive Director of Justice Action Network, released the following statement after the announcement of the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions:   “Today’s news offers an opportunity to chart a different course for our country’s broken justice system. And that path should begin with the passage of bipartisan prison and sentencing reforms. In the coming days, the United States Senate will determine the fate of a groundbreaking federal criminal justice reform bill, and our hope is that new leadership at the Department of Justice will work with the broad coalition of conservative and progressive voices in the reform community to take this first step toward a justice system …

WITH WHIP COUNT ON FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM BILL DAYS AWAY, BIPARTISAN JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS VICTORIES OF STATE LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal levels, saw their state legislative champions of justice reform pull off impressive victories last night. With a Senate whip count on the federal prison and sentencing reform package just days away, these state success stories could help persuade members who are still on the fence about the political viability of criminal justice issues. “From our Dignity bill sponsor in Kentucky, to Clean Slate supporters in Pennsylvania, and from sentencing reform advocates in Minnesota, to pretrial reform champions in Ohio, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who supported …

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN PENNSYLVANIA GETS A MAJOR BOOST WITH PASSAGE OF SECOND CHANCE LEGISLATION

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Pennsylvania Joins 40+ States that have Eliminated Driver’s License Suspensions for Certain Non-Driving Related Offenses (Washington, DC) – Continuing their bipartisan commitment to second chances, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed House Bill 163 with a unanimous vote in the Senate and a 179-1 vote in the House, and House Resolution 76 with a 49-1 vote in the Senate. House Bill 163 eliminates driver’s license suspensions for certain non-driving related offenses, while House Resolution 76 will opt Pennsylvania out of a burdensome federal provision that requires the Commonwealth to automatically suspend the driver’s licenses of those convicted of certain crimes in order to receive federal highway funds. In Pennsylvania alone, over 33,000 people had their licenses suspended for convictions of nonviolent, non-driving related offenses in 2017. Pennsylvania now joins at …

Justice Action Network’s Letter of Opposition to H.R. 6691, The Community Safety and Security Act

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On Monday, September 10, the Justice Action Network co-signed a letter of opposition delivered to members of the Senate in regards to H.R. 6691, the Community Safety and Security Act. You can read the full text of the letter below.   Dear Senator: As center-right organizations that work on criminal justice issues, we write to inform you about serious concerns we have about H.R. 6691, the Community Safety and Security Act. This legislation was approved by the House on September 7, 2018. The Community Safety and Security Act (“CSSA”) would greatly expand the definition of what is a “violent crime” under 18 U.S.C. 16. Our primary concern is that the bill would classify …