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 …

WATCH: Mark Holden in MI Addresses Justice Reform

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September 29, 2016 As our organization outlined in a Medium post this week – we demand more from our justice system. At the West Michigan Policy Forum, Koch Industries Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Mark Holden took some time to sit down with Comcast Newsmakers to discuss his views on the changes we need to see in our criminal justice system. WATCH the interview in full below. On Recidivism: “When you come out what typically happens is because you have a criminal record you can’t get a job, you can’t get housing, you can’t get a loan, you can’t get a student loan.. it’s very difficult to succeed or be on …

Pennsylvania Takes First Steps To Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture System

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September 28, 2016 Along with our sister organization Fix Forfeiture, we would like to commend the Pennsylvania Senate for passing SB 869 – reforms to the civil asset forfeiture process – on a 42-8 bipartisan vote. The bill streamlines into one law the asset forfeiture practices currently scattered across several sections of code and puts the burden of proof of criminal activity on the commonwealth, requiring clear and convincing evidence that the property was used unlawfully. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Our organization is encouraged by the Senate’s overwhelming bipartisan vote on this bill, and we thank Sen. Mike Folmer for his tireless advocacy on behalf of Pennsylvania property owners. Supporters …

First Presidential Debate Turns on Justice Reform

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September 26, 2016 Justice reform had a role to play at Hofstra University in the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “Tonight’s historic debate turned on the issue of criminal justice reform, and proved how important these policies are to the national conversation. As seen in real time, some of Hillary Clinton’s highest ratings came while she was discussing her plans to reform the justice system, while Donald Trump missed an opportunity to back smart justice reform policies that have been championed by Republican governors for a decade,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network. “Polls show that majorities of both Democrats and Republicans support reforms to …

Our Take on New Crime Data: We Demand More From Our Justice System

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September 26, 2016 U.S. Justice Action Network Deputy Director Jenna Moll responds to the release of new FBI Crime Data. This post originally appeared on Medium. No matter the crime rate, increasing or decreasing, in one city or in several states, in rural neighborhoods or in metropolitan areas, our justice system must do a better job of responding to crime. We’ve lost too many lives, put too many citizens in fear, spent too much money, built too many prisons, and damaged too many families to allow our justice system to continue to fail us. Today, the federal government released the 2015 crime statistics. The numbers come as no surprise to Dennis …

46 Top Prosecutors Including Former Attorney General, U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and FBI Directors Endorse House Sentencing and Corrections Reform Bills

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September 9, 2016 Former federal law enforcement officials including former FBI Directors William Sessions and Louis Freeh, former-Attorney General Michael Mukasey and former-Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and Charles Renfrew, have endorsed sentencing and corrections reform bills currently under consideration in the House of Representatives. In a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, 46 former federal prosecutors urge Congress to bring H.R. 3713, H.R. 759 and S. 2123 to the floor and pass reforms that are good for federal law enforcement, public safety and will more effectively ensure that justice shall be done. Still open …