USJAN Applauds Louisiana, The 24th State to “Ban the Box”

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We applaud the Louisiana Senate for in a 30-6 vote approving important legislation that will improve access to state employment for thousands of Louisiana residents with a criminal record HB 266, the “Fair Chance Hiring” bill, removes the requirement that applicants for state jobs disclose their criminal record in the initial hiring process. The government employer may inquire into criminal history during an interview, which allows the applicant an opportunity to show efforts at rehabilitation. Holy smokes #HB266 #FairChanceHiring bill busts out of #Louisiana Senate 30-6! Headed to Gov! @JulieEmerson @lafamilyforum @PelicanInst — Holly Harris (@holly_harris) May 25, 2016 We worked alongside state leaders like Reps. Julie Emerson, Terry Landry, Denise Marcelle, …

USJAN Praises Ohio House for Passing Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

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The Ohio House of Representatives passed with an overwhelming 67-24 bipartisan vote HB 347– legislation that would reform the civil asset forfeiture process, which currently allows agents of the government to seize and forfeit property from individuals who are never even charged with a crime. This legislation strengthens protections for Ohio property owners and ensures property seized by a government agency cannot be forfeited without due process of law. Recent polling shows 90% of Ohioans agree civil asset forfeiture laws are in desperate need of reform, after hearing both sides of the issue, including 92% of Republicans, 90% of Democrats, and 91% of Independents. The bipartisan U.S. Justice Action Network worked alongside the …

USJAN Commends House Judiciary Committee for Passing Asset Forfeiture Reform

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Today, our 8 bipartisan partner organizations signaled their support for the civil asset forfeiture reform legislation that passed the House Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan vote. In a letter co-signed by our partner organizations to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the organization commended Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers for taking up the Due Process Act of 2016, introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, that would strengthen due process protections for property owners. The letter further urged the lawmakers to continue working on improvements to the civil asset forfeiture process, including addressing the embattled equitable sharing program that allows agents of the government to usurp state laws that protect property and due process rights. Holly …

FreedomWorks and CAP in The Hill: It’s Time to Vote on Revised Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

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Our conservative and progressive partners have co-signed an op-ed published in The Hill this week. In the piece, Adam Brandon (President and CEO of FreedomWorks) and Todd Cox (Director of Criminal Justice Policy at the Center for American Progress) declare it is time for the Senate to move on bipartisan support for reforms and vote on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. They write: “The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA) was introduced in the Senate with considerable fanfare last October. But seven months later, it still hasn’t come to the Senate floor for a vote. Instead, for the past few months, key stakeholders and members of Congress have been discussing and negotiating …

The Devil is in the Details: Nine Checks to Tom Cotton’s Claims

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Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas delivered a speech at the Hudson Institute laying out his opposition to “criminal leniency.” We share Senator Cotton’s concerns about violent crime which is why we support smart and sensible criminal justice policies, including those currently being debated in Congress. These strategies have been proven in the states to reduce crime and keep our communities safer, and allow law enforcement and corrections officials to focus more energy and resources on violent offenders. We urge Senator Cotton and his colleagues in both chambers to stand with us against violent crime and support these sensible, fact-based measures to further reduce crime. To do otherwise would simply maintain the …