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 …

Legislation Delivered to Governor to Protect Pennsylvanian’s Property Rights

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Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks the Pennsylvania legislature for protecting due process and upholding property rights by passing the first step towards badly needed civil asset forfeiture reforms. Today’s unanimous vote in the the House sends Governor Tom Wolf legislation that would transform and update current forfeiture statutes. With the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will move Pennsylvania to a more effective forfeiture system by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the Commonwealth when they seek to forfeit property. The new law will also …

With Edwards’ Signature, Louisiana Lawmakers Achieve Victory for Public Safety

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The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, applauds leaders in Louisiana for enacting bipartisan policies to increase public safety and reduce incarceration rates. Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, and 681 and Senate Bills 220, 221, and 139,  designed to improve public safety by strengthening community supervision, reducing recidivism, and increasing alternatives to incarceration.  Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Louisiana is showing the rest of the country how it’s done. A broad, bipartisan coalition of legislators, advocates, faith leaders, and law enforcement officials worked together over the …

Ohio Continues Advancing Justice Reform

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Today the U.S. Justice Action Network (USJAN), the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the nation, congratulates the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee on completing their work to identify significant reforms throughout the state’s criminal code that will keep communities safe by reducing those who head to prison and keeping others from returning. The reform package includes many of the policies supported by USJAN, such as diversion and treatment programs for minor drug crimes, expansion of parole and community release programs, and raising the threshold for felony theft. Several of these recommendations are already under consideration by the Legislature. Holly Harris, Executive Director, …

Bipartisan Policymakers Take Bold Steps to Reduce Nation-Leading Incarceration Rate, Improve Public Safety

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The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, congratulates the Louisiana legislature for completing an intensive, bipartisan process to pass comprehensive reforms that reduce crime and incarceration rates. Thanks to the leadership of Senators Donald Martiny, John Alario, Jay Luneau, alongside Representatives Walt Leger, Julie Emerson, Tanner Magee, Helena Moreno, Joseph Marino, and Stephen Dwight, House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, 680 and 681 and Senate Bills 220, 221, and 139 passed the statehouse with strong bipartisan votes and await Governor John Bel Edwards signature. The bills seek to improve public safety by strengthening community supervision, reducing …