Justice Action Network’s Letter of Opposition to H.R. 6691, The Community Safety and Security Act

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On Monday, September 10, the Justice Action Network co-signed a letter of opposition delivered to members of the Senate in regards to H.R. 6691, the Community Safety and Security Act. You can read the full text of the letter below.   Dear Senator: As center-right organizations that work on criminal justice issues, we write to inform you about serious concerns we have about H.R. 6691, the Community Safety and Security Act. This legislation was approved by the House on September 7, 2018. The Community Safety and Security Act (“CSSA”) would greatly expand the definition of what is a “violent crime” under 18 U.S.C. 16. Our primary concern is that the bill would classify …

Justice Action Network Applauds Reps. Rod Blum and Lisa Blunt Rochester for Introducing Bipartisan Clean Slate Bill

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State-Level Reforms Break through to Capitol Hill (Washington, DC) – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal levels, applauds Representatives Rod Blum (R-IA) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) for introducing the “Clean Slate Act,” legislation that would give individuals who have a criminal record at the federal level a second chance to fulfill their potential and become productive members of society. “A criminal record can be a life sentence for those who struggle to find jobs or support their families after they’ve paid their debt,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “Individuals who turn their lives …

Jared Kushner Is Surprise Participant on Press Call with Sen. Rand Paul, Justice Action Network & FreedomWorks to Release New Kentucky Criminal Justice Poll Results

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Poll shows overwhelming support from Kentuckians for criminal justice reform (Washington, DC) – White House Senior Aide Jared Kushner was a surprise participant in a press call today organized by Justice Action Network and FreedomWorks that unveiled a Kentucky poll on criminal justice reform policies. Kushner and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky joined Holly Harris of Justice Action Network and Jason Pye of FreedomWorks to discuss the results of the poll and why the time is now to get this legislation to the President’s desk. Just days ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agreed to whip votes on the prison and sentencing reform bill, but stopped just short of promising a …

ICYMI: Families of Incarcerated Individuals Urge Congress to Pass FIRST STEP Act

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Bipartisan Group of Officials, Advocates, Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, and Families Gathered in Front of the U.S. Capitol to Rally for Criminal Justice Reform WASHINGTON D.C. — On Tuesday, Families Against Mandatory Minimums hosted, and the Justice Action Network, Prison Fellowship, FreedomWorks, the American Conservative Union, #cut50, and the CAN-DO Foundation co-hosted the “Families for Justice Reform Now” rally calling on Congress to pass meaningful criminal justice reform legislation. Speakers included elected officials, advocates, formerly incarcerated individuals, and family members of currently or formerly incarcerated individuals, all of whom issued a clear call for action. In May, the House of Representatives passed the FIRST STEP Act by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of …

First-Of-Its-Kind ‘Clean Slate’ Bill Signed Into Law in Pennsylvania

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Legislation Would Permit Records of Individuals Convicted of Low-Level, Nonviolent Misdemeanors To Be Automatically Sealed After 10 Years Without A New Conviction FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org HARRISBURG, PA — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for signing the country’s first ‘Clean Slate’ law. ‘Clean Slate’ ensures automatic record sealing for individuals convicted of low-level, nonviolent misdemeanor offenses after 10 crime-free years. The ‘Clean Slate’ legislation received overwhelming support in both chambers, passing the House by a vote of 188-2 and the Senate, 49-0. “When Governor Wolf signed this …