OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL FLIES THROUGH PENNSYLVANIA SENATE COMMITTEE

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Unanimous Bipartisan Vote for Bill Aimed at Getting Pennsylvanians Back to Work; Reducing Recidivism (Harrisburg, PA) — The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted unanimously today in favor of Senate Bill 637, a major occupational licensing overhaul that continues Pennsylvania’s national leadership in criminal justice reform. This workforce development legislation, introduced by a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers, including prime sponsors Senators John DiSanto (R-15) and Judy Schwank (D-11), guarantees that convictions will not automatically preclude the issuance of a license, and individuals with criminal histories would have an occupational license withheld only if their convictions are directly related to said occupation after individualized reviews. Yesterday, more than a dozen …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF CHAIRMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Following the tragic passing of House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, Justice Action Network Executive Director, Holly Harris offered the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings. He truly gave a voice to the voiceless, and showed compassion for the disadvantaged people of this country. We were privileged to work closely with Chairman Cummings on his second chance employment bill, the Fair Chance Act, which is just one of the countless ways he put people above partisanship, and worked across the aisle to fight for America’s forgotten communities. His work on criminal justice reform gave untold Americans second chances.  “Our prayers go out …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF BIPARTISAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEGISLATION

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Republicans and Democrats Move to Open Tax Credit Opportunities for Individuals Convicted of Drug Offenses WASHINGTON – Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest advocacy organization supporting bipartisan solutions for criminal justice reform, issued the following statement as Members of Congress introduced the Eliminating Discrimination and Creating Corridors to Expand Student Success (ED ACCESS) Act of 2019: “Yet again, criminal justice reform proves to be a bellwether issue for bipartisan cooperation in these politically tumultuous times. We applaud the work of Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Representatives Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) for introducing the ED ACCESS Act of 2019, which will remove …

FULL FUNDING FOR FIRST STEP!

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Critical Senate Subcommittee Votes Across Party Lines to Fully Fund the First Step Act Republicans and Democrats Unite on Funding Critical Criminal Justice Reform Bill – White House Backs Deal That Pays for Bipartisan Legislative Accomplishment That Affirms a New Day for Second Chances WASHINGTON – Today, Inimai Chettiar, Legislative and Policy Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest advocacy organization supporting bipartisan solutions for criminal justice reform, issued the following statement as full funding of the implementation of the First Step Act passed a crucial Senate subcommittee on a bipartisan basis: “After months of behind-the-scenes negotiation, we are relieved to see the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, …

NEW POLL REVEALS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR PROBATION REFORMS AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

93% of Voters Support Breaking Down Barriers to Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Results Show Broad Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Legislative Proposals as Major Advocates Host Probation Reform Lobby Day in Harrisburg (Harrisburg, PA) — As legislators return to Harrisburg, a new poll is showing a groundswell of bipartisan support for criminal justice reform legislation, including probation and occupational licensing reform bills in the House and Senate. The new poll, released today by the Justice Action Network reveals that Pennsylvanians across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support measures to “significantly improve” the state’s criminal justice system, with 75% voter support for probation reform and more than 80% support for occupational …