USJAN Pleased to See Democratic National Committee Platform Tackles Broken Justice System

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On the opening night of the Democratic National Committee Convention, the Democrats joined Republicans in offering solutions to fixing our broken justice system as part of their party platform. The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization reforming the criminal justice system, worked with its partners to ensure its goals of reducing the prison population, and helping those who leave our prisons and jails successfully rejoin their communities, are reflected in the DNC platform. Even in the height of the political season, the organization was able to work with both parties to prioritize justice reform as a policy plank. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Our organization and our …

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 …

USJAN Hosts Govs. Deal, Bevin and Fallin at Justice Reform Forum at RNC

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Tune in for our “Changing Laws, Changing Lives, a Governors’ Forum on Justice Reform,”  a discussion on criminal justice reform with Governors Nathan Deal of Georgia, Matt Bevin of Kentucky and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma at the Republican National Convention. These governors have each led efforts to pass legislation (with bipartisan support) aimed at reducing their costly prison populations and breaking down barriers so individuals leaving prison can get back to work, support their families and lead productive, redeemed lives. Our hope with this panel is that is that the rest of the country, and indeed the federal government, will listen to these voices, and follow their lead. Our forum will screen a short film featuring these governors that explores the achievements …

Senators’ Bipartisan Unity on Senate Floor Renews Momentum for Justice Reform

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On Wednesday July 13 on the Senate floor, Republican and Democratic Senators renewed hope that criminal justice reform legislation will come to a vote this year. In the wake of tragic incidents that have divided the country, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) called for unity and made impassioned pleas to vote on legislation that would reduce mandatory minimums for low-level, non-violent offenders and expand recidivism-reduction programming. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “We are so encouraged by the inspired floor speeches on criminal justice reform in the United States Senate today. Senators Grassley, Durbin, Lee and Booker showed real …

Top Prosecutors Host Capitol Hill Briefing on the Need for Sentencing and Corrections Reform

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On July 8, the U.S. Justice Action Network joined partner organizations Right on Crime and the Faith and Freedom Coalition in hosting a policy briefing on Capitol Hill. Congressional staff listened to opening remarks from U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz and then heard from three former federal prosecutors and senior Justice Department officials who made the case for federal sentencing and corrections reform in 2016. Larry Thompson, Brett Tolman and Matthew Orwig delivered a presentation that showed reform bills moving in both the House and the Senate will enhance the safety of our communities and those that protect them. They went on to urge Congress to put aside its partisan differences and seriously engage on the issue of criminal justice reform. **VIEW THE …