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 …

At Google Summit, Governors and Senators Offer Promising Path on Justice Reform

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December 1, 2016 Google, the U.S. Justice Action Network and the Coalition for Public Safety brought together diverse voices from the north, south, east and west to highlight successes on the state level and urge federal action on justice reform on December 1st. Governors John Bel Edwards of Louisiana and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut were in attendance, representing red and blue states that are vastly different in most regards but represent the broad support for reform measures. Their discussion makes it five governors, Republican and Democratic, that have participated in our events to raise awareness on the need to reform our broken justice system. “I have made justice reform a top …

After a Divisive Election, It’s Time for Candidates to Pass Bipartisan Legislation

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November 9, 2016 As the results of our elections have become clear, the U.S. Justice Action Network wishes to congratulate the winners in a tough political environment and urge a renewed push on justice reform. In the upcoming lame duck session, Congress has before it several important pieces of pending legislation including justice reform bills like the Sentencing Reform Act, the Corrections and Recidivism Risk Reduction Act, and the Second Chance Reauthorization Act. These bills have unprecedented support from a coalition that includes faith-based leaders, veterans’ groups, civil rights advocates, law enforcement associations, and business leaders. Holly Harris, Executive Director U.S. Justice Action Network: “As one of the most divisive elections in …

That’s a Wrap: Gov. Deal Concludes our Op-ed Series on States Out Front on Justice Reform

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October 19, 2016 Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was the final contributor to the six-part U.S. Justice Action Network (USJAN) and Coalition for Public Safety (CPS) op-ed series in the Washington Times featuring successes in justice reform from the state level. The series looked at successes in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Connecticut and Georgia. Gov. Deal was joined by USJAN Executive Director Holly Harris, CPS President Steven Hawkins and a bipartisan group of Governors that outlined the successful measures red and blue states have taken to safely reduce the prison population and save taxpayer resources across the country. In case you missed it, you can read about each of these successes at the links below: Holly Harris & Steven Hawkins: Out …

Holly Harris in The Hill: “VP debate provides groundbreaking moment for justice reform”

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October 6, 2016 In an oped for The Hill, U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris took a look at the rare point of agreement in the Vice Presidential Debate between Sen. Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence. Describing the moment as “something extraordinary,” Holly praised the candidates for breathing new life into federal legislation that could still pass Congress in a lame duck session. Below are some excerpts from the piece which you can read in full here. “In the first presidential debate, the candidates were asked about the country’s growing racial divide. Hillary Clinton highlighted her plans for reducing mandatory minimums. Trump could have attacked Clinton for …

Ohioans Inundate Lawmakers With Calls for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

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In Ohio, the collective effort to pass reforms to the civil asset forfeiture system continues to engage all sides. State Senators Kris Jordan (R-19) and Cecil Thomas (D-9) recently joined FreedomWorks President and CEO Adam Brandon and U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris to call for the passage of H.B. 347. There is widespread support for action in Ohio – illustrated by the nearly 52,000 messages that Ohioans have inundated state legislators with thanks to a campaign by FreedomWorks. “As a native of Cleveland, I have been glad to see Ohio make great strides in reforming its justice system, and this bill will bring that work home in one more area,” …