With Unanimous Vote on S.B. 33, Commonsense Justice Reforms Move to the Governor’s Desk

Amir Ohio, Press

The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the country, released the following statement after the Ohio Senate unanimously concurred on Senate Bill 33. “With the unanimous concurrence of Senate Bill 33, Ohio has taken another step forward in right-sizing an out-of-control justice system,” said Holly Harris, the Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “Thanks to the leadership of Senate President Larry Obhof, Sens. John Eklund, and Kevin Bacon, this commonsense legislation will create a safer Ohio, reducing recidivism rates and ensuring that valuable taxpayer resources are focused on true threats to our communities.” “But our work is far from over. …

Rising Star Conservative Governors Call for Justice Reform During RGA Meeting in Austin

Amir Press

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Right on Crime and the Justice Action Network Discuss Job-Creating Reforms at Forum Powered By Google Residents at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women Watched the Event Live AUSTIN, T.X. – Today, two fresh faces and rising stars in conservative politics, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, joined one of the country’s most well-respected justice reform policy experts, Marc Levin of Right on Crime, for a panel discussion focused on state successes in smart justice policies at Google’s headquarters in Austin. The event, organized by the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system, the Justice Action Network, debuted two short films to document the governors’ …

Bipartisan Senate Justice Reform Will Improve Public Safety

maria Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the criminal justice system, and its national partners, applauded the reintroduction of the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act as an important step forward in fixing our broken system. This legislation, reintroduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), prioritizes public safety by ensuring the punishment fits the crime and focuses taxpayer resources on those who pose the greatest risk to our communities. The bill also includes important recidivism reduction programming that will help ensure those who leave prison do not commit new crimes. Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network: “We thank Sens. Grassley and …

House Shows Bipartisan Support for Curbing Civil Asset Forfeiture, Protecting Civil Liberties

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives approved important criminal justice reform amendments to 2018 spending legislation. These amendments would prohibit the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from implementing recent policy changes that would make it easier for state law enforcement to transfer seized property to the DOJ, potentially circumventing state laws governing civil asset forfeiture, and compel the DOJ to address the backlog of petitions related to certain federal civil forfeiture cases. Prior to the votes, the Justice Action Network joined a letter urging the House to take action in response to this policy change. Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network: “In a rebuke to the Justice …

Governor Bevin Signs Bipartisan Legislation for More Jobs, Less Crime in Kentucky

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, News, Uncategorized

The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system across the country, issued the following statement on the signing of SB 120, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Whitney Westerfield and aimed at putting people to work and reducing crime. The bill had near-unanimous support in the House and the Senate:  Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network: “We were honored to be a part of the ceremonial bill signing of the first step in reforming Kentucky’s justice system, but more importantly, we were excited to hear of Governor Bevin’s continued commitment to shifting the Commonwealth’s focus from jails to jobs. We remain grateful …