Pennsylvania Senate Unanimously Passes Landmark ‘Clean Slate’ Bill

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Legislation Now Goes to Governor’s Desk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 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 the Pennsylvania Senate today for unanimously approving the first-ever ‘Clean Slate’ legislation and sending it to the Governor’s desk for his signature. ‘Clean Slate’ will allow individuals convicted of low-level, nonviolent misdemeanor offenses to have their records automatically sealed after 10 years if they are not convicted of another crime. The ‘Clean Slate’ legislation received overwhelming support in both chambers, passing the House by a vote of 188-2 and the Senate, 49-0. “Pennsylvania’s Clean …

Video Announces Bipartisan Federal Legislation to Help Incarcerated Mothers and Babies

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U.S. Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Mia Love (R-UT) Urge All Women in Congress to Co-Sponsor their Forthcoming Bill During Women Unshackled: The Next Step AUSTIN, TX—Today the Justice Action Network released a new video featuring U.S. Reps. Mia Love (R-Utah) and Karen Bass (D-Calif.) discussing forthcoming bipartisan legislation that will protect the health and wellness of babies and pregnant women in federal custody. During the live-streamed video announcement, the Congresswomen express concerns about the exploding female prison population, and that women are entering prisons programmed for men, ill-equipped to meet the health needs of women. More specifically, they talk about eliminating shackling and solitary confinement for pregnant women behind bars, …

Congress Takes Historic Vote on Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

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U.S. House of Representatives Approves the FIRST STEP Act by a Vote of 360-59 WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time in years, the U.S. House of Representatives approved bipartisan, prison-reform legislation—H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act. Holly Harris, executive director of the Justice Action Network, issued the following statement on the bill’s passage: “Bipartisan victories in Washington are incredibly rare, and today’s overwhelming House vote proves criminal justice reform is still the one issue that can bring the right and the left together. And while this bill will not fix all that is broken with our justice system, it is a first step toward safely reducing our unsustainable federal prison …

White House Meeting Demonstrates Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Reform

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Statement on White House Meeting WASHINGTON, D.C. — At today’s White House Summit, state and federal elected officials, conservative and progressive advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals packed the room to hear the president and vice president speak in favor of federal criminal justice reform legislation. Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, Holly Harris, issued the following statement: “The president said exactly what Congress needed to hear today. Acknowledging that partisan politics is still at play in criminal justice reform negotiations, President Trump urged the House and the Senate to get together and get this bill done. It is an historic moment for any president to endorse a piece of criminal …

FIRST STEP Act Receives Strong Bipartisan Vote in House Judiciary Committee

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JAN Statement on Approval of The FIRST STEP Act to Reduce the Risk of Recidivism WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris released the following statement on the mark-up of H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act: “Despite an unprecedented acidic political environment in Washington, the unique bipartisan cooperation on criminal justice reform legislation continues with the strong 25-5 favorable vote on the FIRST STEP Act in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill, sponsored by Republican Doug Collins and Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, includes recidivism-reduction programming, expands good time credits to be applied retroactively and ends the abhorrent practice of shackling pregnant women. “While we are very happy with this progress, our work is not …