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.s. 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 New Jersey    New York   North Dakota South Dakota     SOUTH DAKOTA – Governor Dennis Daugaard January 10, 2017 “I am also very pleased with the success of …

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 …

U.S. Justice Action Network Applauds Governor Snyder For Featuring Justice Reform in State of the State Address

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Bipartisan Organization Encouraged by Gov. Snyder’s Comments on Need for Justice Reforms Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Michigan and across the country, thanks Governor Rick Snyder for prioritizing justice reform in his State of the State address.  Following up on his May 2015 call to action, Gov. Snyder reaffirmed the need for legislation that makes much-needed reforms to the state’s justice system, including ensuring improved re-entry and job training programs are in place to ease an individuals transition back into society. The U.S. Justice Action Network will continue working with Gov. Snyder, legislators from the right and …

U.S. Justice Action Network Applauds Governor Ducey For Prioritizing Justice Reform in His State of the State

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January 9, 2017 Governor Pledges to Reduce Recidivism, Halt the Cycle of Crime, and Prioritize Second Chances for Arizonans Governor Ducey: “And public safety will always be our top priority.”  The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system throughout the country and in Arizona, applauds Governor Doug Ducey for laying out a strong plan to reduce recidivism while enhancing public safety during his State of the State address today. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “In his State of the State address today, Governor Ducey showed a strong commitment to bringing common sense reforms to Arizona’s justice system. He recognizes that …

New Year Starts With Progress on Justice Reform

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January 6, 2017 The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system, is kicking off 2017 by celebrating the progress we’re already seeing on justice reform. Our champions in both the U.S. House and Senate have discussed how to make reform a reality in 2017 and the states are moving faster than ever. In fact, both Michigan and Ohio just signed new legislation into law that would reform the states’ asset forfeiture process. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “If the momentum we see now continues, 2017 will be one of the most successful years yet for justice reform. We are just a week …

U.S. Justice Action Network Commends Governor Kasich For Reforming Ohio’s Asset Forfeiture Process

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January 4, 2017 Today the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Ohio and around the country, commends Governor John Kasich for signing into law reforms to the civil asset forfeiture process that strengthen protections for Ohio property owners. The enactment of House Bill 347 is a signature achievement for the U.S. Justice Action Network and its partners: Ohio’s own Buckeye Institute and the ACLU of Ohio led the charge on these reforms, while national partner FreedomWorks launched more than 60,000 messages into the Ohio legislature supporting the bill. All eight national partners of U.S. Justice Action Network, ranging from Americans for …