Groundbreaking Moments

From a forum that discusses the rise in female incarceration in America to a discussion with Ohioans about reforming their broken state prison system—Justice Action Network has been there every step of the way to push for reforms that make our country safer and our communities stronger.

Women Unshackled: Policy Solutions to Address the Growth of Female Incarceration was a day-long forum that discussed the unique challenges women face in the justice system and the policy solutions needed to improve outcomes. The discussion featured prominent lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, including Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala D. Harris, and U.S. Reps. Mia Love, Doug Collins, and Sheila Jackson Lee, as well as notable female policy experts, impacted individuals, law enforcement and judges. Learn more.


Governors’ Justice Series: We brought together Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, and Right on Crime’s vice president for criminal justice policy, Marc Levin, for a panel discussion on effective, job-creating justice reforms. The event, powered by Google.org, was a part of JAN’s Governors’ Justice Series and took place at Google’s Austin, Texas headquarters during the week of the Republican Governors Association annual meeting.

Smart Justice: The All-Star Series: Ohio State University football legend Maurice Clarett joined Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr and The Buckeye Institute President Robert Alt, along with the Justice Action Network, for a discussion on how commonsense policies can keep communities safe and improve outcomes across the state.

The Google Summit on Justice Reform: Google, Justice Action Network, and the Coalition for Public Safety brought together the diverse voices of Governors and Senators from the north, south, east, and west to highlight successes on the state level and demonstrate the need for federal action on justice reform.
Highlighting Re-Entry Program at Angola Prison: The Justice Action Network and the Coalition for Public Safety got an insider look at the groundbreaking Re-Entry Court program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, through this video. The program has made tremendous strides in reducing recidivism and is a sign of hope in a state known for its high incarceration and recidivism rates.
Changing Laws, Changing Lives: At the Republican National Convention in July 2016, the Justice Action Network hosted a discussion on criminal justice reform with Governors Nathan Deal of Georgia, Matt Bevin of Kentucky, and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma. We also debuted our “Changing Laws, Changing Lives” video featuring these governors that explores the achievements and challenges of their state justice systems.

Coffee@WaPo: Out of Jail, Into Society: In 2016 the Justice Action Network sponsored a reentry-focused event at The Washington Post. The conversation, moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sari Horwitz, included White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, and other well-known voices in the justice reform movement.