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Republicans and Democrats Move to Open Tax Credit Opportunities for Individuals Convicted of Drug Offenses

WASHINGTON – Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest advocacy organization supporting bipartisan solutions for criminal justice reform, issued the following statement as Members of Congress introduced the Eliminating Discrimination and Creating Corridors to Expand Student Success (ED ACCESS) Act of 2019:

“Yet again, criminal justice reform proves to be a bellwether issue for bipartisan cooperation in these politically tumultuous times. We applaud the work of Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Representatives Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) for introducing the ED ACCESS Act of 2019, which will remove the ban on the American Opportunity Tax Credit for individuals with drug convictions. This legislation will ensure that people seeking to turn their lives around have a fair chance to attain higher education and gainful employment. The ED ACCESS Act is a carefully crafted bill that specifically addresses low-level, non-violent drug offenses, and is a smart way to lower recidivism rates and increase public safety. We are encouraged by the bipartisan cooperation driving this legislation, and we are hopeful that these efforts will continue to open second chance opportunities to all communities.”