RECAP: Kentucky Leads The Way With Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s rollout of the commonwealth’s Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council was a huge success, attracting widespread coverage across the state.  Here’s what people had to say about the council, our involvement and the prospect of progress on criminal justice reforms in Kentucky in the 2017 session. Kentucky will lead the way. We will be a beacon of light for others to follow. #CriminalJusticeReform — Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) June 21, 2016 Bevin say he’s confident new group recommendations will result in efficiencies. pic.twitter.com/BffUnmErdJ — Thomas F. Loftus (@TomLoftus_CJ) June 21, 2016 Lexington Herald-Leader: Gov. Matt Bevin creates council to reform criminal justice “At their first meeting, council members …

USJAN Offers Policy Recommendations to Kentucky’s Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council 

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U.S. Justice Action Network Deputy Director Jenna Moll offered recommendations to to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s newly established bipartisan Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council, which is tasked with finding ways to make Kentucky’s justice system fairer, more efficient and effective. Jenna and Russell Coleman of the Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition joined with Gov. Bevin and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley, Sen. Whitney Westerfield, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Rep. Darryl Owens, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and other state leaders and public safety representatives for the first meeting of this new council. In her presentation, Jenna offered specific policy recommendations and best practices proven to safely reduce the prison …

Holly Harris: Addressing Five Major Myths in Criminal Justice Reform

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This content originally appeared in an op-ed from Holly Harris in The News Enterprise, Elizabethtown, KY – Read the full piece here. As both the Republican and Democratic parties develop a platform of issues meant to reflect the beliefs of their members, there is one issue on which the vast majority of voters across the spectrum agree: We must reform our broken justice system. More than 30 states have passed criminal justice reform legislation now proven to cut wasteful spending, lower recidivism and crime rates and improve public safety. These successes have busted open the myths about criminal justice that unfortunately still exist in certain places in this country. Myth #1 …

USJAN Thanks Gov. Edwards for Giving More Louisianans a Fair Chance at Opportunity

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Thousands of Louisianans with a criminal record have been given a second chance by Gov. John Bel Edwards after he signed “Fair Chance Hiring” legislation into law. Louisianans will no longer have to disclose their criminal history when applying for state jobs, providing applicants with records an opportunity to explain efforts at rehabilitation later in the interview process when employers can make this inquiry. Louisiana, the nation’s highest incarcerator, is the 24th state in the nation to enact such a policy. “Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in Louisiana for thousands of individuals who have made mistakes but are looking for a second chance. By ‘banning the box,’ the legislature and Governor are growing Louisiana’s …

USJAN Applauds Louisiana, The 24th State to “Ban the Box”

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We applaud the Louisiana Senate for in a 30-6 vote approving important legislation that will improve access to state employment for thousands of Louisiana residents with a criminal record HB 266, the “Fair Chance Hiring” bill, removes the requirement that applicants for state jobs disclose their criminal record in the initial hiring process. The government employer may inquire into criminal history during an interview, which allows the applicant an opportunity to show efforts at rehabilitation. Holy smokes #HB266 #FairChanceHiring bill busts out of #Louisiana Senate 30-6! Headed to Gov! @JulieEmerson @lafamilyforum @PelicanInst — Holly Harris (@holly_harris) May 25, 2016 We worked alongside state leaders like Reps. Julie Emerson, Terry Landry, Denise Marcelle, …