Justice Action Network Highlights Successful State Justice Reforms with Rebranding

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As legislative sessions are concluding across the country, Representative Julie Emerson (R-LA), Senator Dennis Parrett (D-KY), and Senator John Proos (R-MI) joined Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris to highlight notable successes on justice reform in their home states. While discussion continues around the introduction of federal legislation, the Justice Action Network and its state-based and national partners have already achieved significant state legislative successes in Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and Tennessee, with additional reforms poised for passage in yearlong legislative sessions in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. This legislation will strengthen public safety, save valuable taxpayer resources, and make our justice system fairer for all communities. “We …

State of the States: Justice Reform in Focus

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Each year, governors in every state deliver their annual State of the State addresses to lay out their priorities and set their agenda for the year to come. Across the country, governors from both parties are including justice reform as an important part of their agenda this year. Follow along on Twitter via the hashtag: #StatesLead. Here’s a rundown of what the governors are putting at the top of their agenda in 2017. Click to jump to a state Arkansas Arizona Connecticut  Illinois Kentucky  Missouri Nevada New Jersey  New York      North Dakota      Oklahoma     South Dakota    Virginia KENTUCKY  – Governor Bevin  February 8, 2017 “Criminal justice reform …

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

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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

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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 …

ICYMI: Bipartisan Leaders From Across The Country Come Together To Offer Solutions To The Explosion of Female Prison Population

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Yesterday, powerhouse leaders from D.C. and around the country joined more than 500 guests at the Justice Action Network’s “Women Unshackled” forum – the first of its kind addressing the explosion in the female prison population. Coverage of the first-ever bipartisan gathering aimed at offering policy recommendations for the unique challenges facing women in prison blanketed national and in-state news following the event. The forum was livestreamed by Vice News:  Trended nationally on Twitter:   Featured on Snapchat:    And blanketed national and in-state news coverage:   CBS News: Female Incarceration is on the rise In a rare show of bipartisanship, politicians from both sides of the aisle came together …

Pennsylvania Policymakers Listen to Constituents, Protect Property Rights

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Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks Governor Tom Wolf for signing a bill to protect Pennsylvanians’ due process and property rights. After a unanimous vote in the House, and with the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will update the state’s civil asset forfeiture statutes by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the government when it seeks to forfeit property.  The new law also provides procedures for Pennsylvanians to get their property back pre-forfeiture when its loss would prove a hardship, and allows for a new avenue …

Senate Cleans the Slate for Pennsylvanians

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Today, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that makes Pennsylvania the first state in the country to automatically seal criminal records of minor offenses. The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, applauded this accomplishment as a way to put people back to work and help them turn away from crime for good. If signed into law, Senate Bill 529 would allow for automatic sealing of certain low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors after ten years without subsequent reoffending, eliminating the need for individuals to petition the court.  Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network: “We should be doing everything in our …