ICYMI: FIRST STEP LEADS TO NEXT STEP – FAIR CHANCE ACT FLIES THROUGH HOUSE; CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM MOMENTUM BUILDS AHEAD OF 2020

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Justice Action Network & Key Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Applaud House Passage of the ‘Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019’ Bipartisan Legislation Opens Doors to Jobs For the Formerly Incarcerated (Washington, DC) – Today, the Fair Chance Act, sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Elijah Cummings, passed in the House of Representatives as an amendment to another legislative vehicle. This critical legislation would lead to increased job opportunities and a crucial lifeline for justice-involved individuals by postponing federal government and federal contractor requests for criminal history from job applicants until the applicant has received a conditional offer of employment. This landmark legislation comes just six months after …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK STATEMENT ON ADOPTION OF FAIR CHANCE ACT AMENDMENT

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Criminal Justice Reform Momentum Builds in Congress (Washington, DC) – In response to the House of Representatives voting by voice vote for adoption of ‘The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019’ as an amendment to another legislative vehicle, Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, released the following statement: “We are at a time when one in three American adults has a criminal record, and it is flatly absurd to think 70 million Americans shouldn’t have a fair chance at employment, especially in public service. This Fair Chance Act ensures that people with records applying for federal government work are not summarily dismissed before their skills …

THIRTY MILLION CRIMINAL RECORDS SLATED FOR AUTOMATIC SEALING AS CLEAN SLATE KICKS OFF – GOVERNOR WOLF & BIPARTISAN LAWMAKERS CONTINUE TO LEAD NATION IN SECOND CHANCES

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Half of Pennsylvania Courts’ Criminal Records Database to Be Sealed Thanks to First-In-Nation Clean Slate Act HARRISBURG, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced that Pennsylvania’s courts will begin automatically sealing more than 30 million criminal records – half of their entire database – as a result of the Commonwealth’s first-in-the-nation Clean Slate Act, which becomes effective today. The Governor, elected officials, and criminal justice reform advocates celebrated this historic milestone at a press conference today, as Pennsylvania becomes the first state in the country to use an automated process to seal certain criminal records and offer second chances for individuals with low-level offenses. …

STATEMENT ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM’S ROLE IN TONIGHT’S DEM DEBATE

Syrita Bowen News, Press

**Holly Harris and Inimai Chettiar of Justice Action Network Are Available for Interview**  In advance of the second Democratic debate tonight, please credit the following statement to Holly Harris, President and Executive Director of the Justice Action Network: “We are encouraged that candidates elevated criminal justice reform in last night’s debate,” said Holly Harris, President and Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest organization supporting bipartisan criminal justice reform at the federal and state level. “But tonight, we hope to hear more specifics, especially from those who have yet to share their plans to fix our broken justice system. Criminal justice reform polls out the roof with …

Judges Seek Changes To Drug Sentencing Bill

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press, Uncategorized

–Gongwer News Service Members of the judiciary spoke out Wednesday against a Senate priority bill to overhaul the state’s drug sentencing laws. The measure (SB 3) is too lenient on dangerous drugs like cocaine and opioids, according to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia, who provided interested party testimony on behalf of the Ohio Judicial Conference. Judge Matia also took issue with the proposition that a felony conviction is a barrier to employment. “The reason that some people with felonies cannot find work is that they have an incomplete education, many jobs are too far away from a bus line, they lack the motivation to get up in …