Oregon House Votes to End Driver’s License Suspensions for Failure to Pay Fines

Syrita Bowen News, Oregon, Press

Bipartisan Vote Underscores Consensus for Reforms, Makes Way for Senate Action SALEM, Ore. – With a bipartisan vote of 42-16, the Oregon House of Representatives advanced key legislation to reform driver’s license suspension practices yesterday. The bill, HB 4065, will eliminate license suspensions for failure to pay fines – allowing thousands of Oregonians who depend on their cars to keep their jobs, continue driving their children to childcare and school, and take care of their families. “We are grateful for the leadership of Representative Chris Gorsek (D-49) and Representative Ronald H. Noble (R-24) in successfully moving HB4065 out of the House of Representatives in this short legislative session. Suspending driver’s …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COMMUTATIONS AND CLEMENCIES

Syrita Bowen News, Press

President Trump issued a round of executive clemencies and commutations. In response, Holly Harris, President and Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest organization dedicated to bipartisan criminal justice solutions, issued the following statement: “Many of the cases addressed by the President’s actions represent sentences that were too long and, in their own way, point to the country’s overincarceration epidemic. And while we applaud the President for taking these steps for these specific individuals, we hope to see him use this executive power to grant more commutations and clemencies in due course for any of the thousands of deserving individuals who are neither rich, nor famous, nor …

Washington House Advances Critical Community Supervision Reforms

Syrita Bowen News, Press, Washington

Bipartisan Vote Underscores Consensus for Reforms, Clears the Path for Senate Action (Olympia, WA) – With three nearly unanimous votes, the Washington House of Representatives has approved a critically needed package of community supervision reforms. Taken together these bills would provide new opportunities for qualified individuals to successfully complete community supervision and strengthen their employment prospects and community ties, all while continuing to improve public safety. These forward-thinking pieces of legislation – HB2393, HB2394, and HB2417 – will save Washington taxpayers millions of dollars each year, while providing a path towards rehabilitation for Washingtonians and strengthening communities across the state. Between 2012 and 2018, the number of people on community …

Justice Action Network Statement on President Trump Highlighting Criminal Justice Reform During SOTU Address

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Second Chances Garner Rare Bipartisan Applause Tonight, Holly Harris, executive director and president of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest organization focused on bipartisan criminal justice reform solutions at the federal and state level, issued the following statement in response to President Trump highlighting criminal justice reform in his State of the Union Address: “President Trump made a smart strategic choice here—criminal justice reform is one of the most popular, uniting issues I’ve seen in my career in politics, and the message of working with both parties in Congress on the First Step Act appeals to voters across the political spectrum.  “It shouldn’t surprise us that he’s chosen to highlight justice reform on two of …

Justice Action Network Issues Statement on President Trump’s Super Bowl Ad Featuring Alice Marie Johnson and Promoting Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Wins

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Tonight, Holly Harris, executive director and president of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest organization focused on bipartisan criminal justice reform solutions at the federal and state level, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s Super Bowl ad which aired this evening and focused on the story of Alice Marie Johnson, whose story of second chances has riveted and united the country.  “President Trump had thirty seconds to communicate his most effective message during his multi-million-dollar Super Bowl ad, and he chose to feature formerly incarcerated advocate Alice Marie Johnson and his work in criminal justice reform. “Republicans out there who still use this issue as an …