White House Meeting Demonstrates Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen Press

Statement on White House Meeting WASHINGTON, D.C. — At today’s White House Summit, state and federal elected officials, conservative and progressive advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals packed the room to hear the president and vice president speak in favor of federal criminal justice reform legislation. Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, Holly Harris, issued the following statement: “The president said exactly what Congress needed to hear today. Acknowledging that partisan politics is still at play in criminal justice reform negotiations, President Trump urged the House and the Senate to get together and get this bill done. It is an historic moment for any president to endorse a piece of criminal …

FIRST STEP Act Receives Strong Bipartisan Vote in House Judiciary Committee

Syrita Bowen Press

JAN Statement on Approval of The FIRST STEP Act to Reduce the Risk of Recidivism WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris released the following statement on the mark-up of H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act: “Despite an unprecedented acidic political environment in Washington, the unique bipartisan cooperation on criminal justice reform legislation continues with the strong 25-5 favorable vote on the FIRST STEP Act in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill, sponsored by Republican Doug Collins and Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, includes recidivism-reduction programming, expands good time credits to be applied retroactively and ends the abhorrent practice of shackling pregnant women. “While we are very happy with this progress, our work is not …

Bipartisan Leaders Discuss Justice Reform at Minnesota State Capitol

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On Monday, April 23rd, leaders from across the political spectrum are participating in a forum on criminal justice reform at the Minnesota State Capitol. Panelists: U.S. Representative Jason Lewis (MN-2) Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Paul Schnell Moderator: Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network

Package of Criminal Justice Reform Bills Ready for Action

Amir News, Oklahoma, Press

Bipartisan Justice Action Network Urges the Oklahoma Legislature to Swiftly Pass Smart Justice Reforms  Oklahoma City, OK – Over the past year, Governor Mary Fallin, legislative leaders, district attorneys, business leaders, law enforcement, and reform advocates came together to work out a compromise on several significant justice reform bills that are now ready to move through the legislature. The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Oklahoma and across the country, issued the following statement on the important package of bills: Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, said: “For years, Oklahoma’s criminal justice system was in dire need of smart, data-driven reform. We’re …

Kentucky Becomes First State to Pass “Dignity” Law For Incarcerated Women

Karly Kentucky, News, Press, State Accomplishments

SB133 is Expected to be Signed by Gov. Matt Bevin Lexington, K.Y. – Today, the Kentucky legislature became the first state in the country to pass a “Dignity Bill,” a piece of legislation specifically tailored toward improving conditions for incarcerated women with a unanimous 88-0 vote in the House. Sen. Julie Raque Adams, a Republican legislator from Louisville—the hometown of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell—sponsored Senate Bill 133, which bans the shackling of pregnant women, expands treatment for those struggling with addiction, and improves health and hygiene services for all incarcerated women. “More than any other state, Kentucky is struggling with an opioid addiction, and the scourge of drugs has now …