Bipartisan leaders discuss justice reform at Minnesota State Capitol

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On Monday, April 23rd, leaders from across the political spectrum are participating in a forum on criminal justice reform at the Minnesota State Capitol. Panelists: U.S. Representative Jason Lewis (MN-2) Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Paul Schnell Moderator: Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network

Package of Criminal Justice Reform Bills Ready for Action

Amir News, Oklahoma, Press

Bipartisan Justice Action Network Urges the Oklahoma Legislature to Swiftly Pass Smart Justice Reforms  Oklahoma City, OK – Over the past year, Governor Mary Fallin, legislative leaders, district attorneys, business leaders, law enforcement, and reform advocates came together to work out a compromise on several significant justice reform bills that are now ready to move through the legislature. The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Oklahoma and across the country, issued the following statement on the important package of bills: Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, said: “For years, Oklahoma’s criminal justice system was in dire need of smart, data-driven reform. We’re …

Kentucky Becomes First State to Pass “Dignity” Law For Incarcerated Women

Karly Kentucky, News, Press, State Accomplishments

SB133 is Expected to be Signed by Gov. Matt Bevin Lexington, K.Y. – Today, the Kentucky legislature became the first state in the country to pass a “Dignity Bill,” a piece of legislation specifically tailored toward improving conditions for incarcerated women with a unanimous 88-0 vote in the House. Sen. Julie Raque Adams, a Republican legislator from Louisville—the hometown of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell—sponsored Senate Bill 133, which bans the shackling of pregnant women, expands treatment for those struggling with addiction, and improves health and hygiene services for all incarcerated women. “More than any other state, Kentucky is struggling with an opioid addiction, and the scourge of drugs has now …

Ohio Senate Unanimously Approves Broad Smart on Crime Measure

Karly News, Press

Senate Bill 66 Passes Senate with Strong Bipartisan Vote  Washington, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the country, released the following statement after the Ohio Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 66. The legislation now heads to the House for consideration. “We often say, ‘As Goes Ohio, so goes the nation,’ and the Ohio Senate’s unanimous approval of Senate Bill 66 is a sign of great things to come,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “Thanks to Senate President Larry Obhof and the bipartisan sponsorship of Senators John Eklund and Charleta Tavares, Ohio proved that …

Positive Bipartisan Committee Vote Brings Criminal Justice Reform Closer to the President’s Desk

Karly News, Press

Washington, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Congress and across the country, issued the following statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which passed out of committee with a bipartisan vote of 16-5: “On days like today, we should look at the big picture and consider how far the criminal justice reform movement has come,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “We are no longer arguing over whether we should have reform, but rather what degree of reform we should enact. That’s a great day in Washington for …