Pennsylvania is Buzzing About Bipartisan Justice Reform

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Today, Pennsylvanians are reading about just how strong the support is across the Commonwealth for bipartisan justice reform. Sens. Stewart Greenleaf, Scott Wagner joined with Sen. Anthony Williams, Rep. Jordan Harris and the U.S. Justice Action Network to unveil a new poll that shows a mandate from Pennsylvania voters for just-announced clean slate legislation and other reform policies. Read more here:  Philly Inquirer: Blue, red, urban, rural — Pennsylvania voters back help for ex-offenders “Pennsylvanians — Republicans, Democrats, Philadelphians, suburbanites, people from upstate and mid-state Pennsylvania — overwhelmingly believe that the state’s legislature and criminal justice system need to do more to help ex-offenders keep from committing another crime, according to a …

Senator Wagner Joined by Sens. Greenleaf, Williams, Rep. Harris and U.S Justice Action Network, Announces New Legislation to Reduce Recidivism and Grow Pennsylvania’s Workforce

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**VIEW FULL RESULTS OF THE POLL HERE** Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Justice Action Network released a new poll of Pennsylvania voters that shows overwhelming bipartisan support for reforms to the state’s justice system. Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, the poll shows that Republican, Democratic, and Independent voters strongly favor breaking down barriers to help those with a criminal record towards a productive, law-abiding life so they do not return to prison, including sealing criminal records for certain offenses.  The results of the poll come as Sen. Scott Wagner announced he was introducing Senate Bill 529, otherwise known as “Clean Slate” legislation, that would automatically seal the records for …

NEW POLL: Overwhelming Majority of Arizona Voters Support Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

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73% of Arizona Voters Believe Civil Asset Forfeiture Needs Reform **View Full Results Here** The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Arizona and around the country, today released new polling, which showed a majority of voters across Arizona support civil asset forfeiture reform and protecting the rights of property owners. The poll comes at a time when the Arizona Senate is considering a bill that would reform the state’s forfeiture laws, H.B. 2477, a bill that unanimously passed the House in February. H.B. 2477, introduced by Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, would increase the proof required before the state may permanently forfeit a …

Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Task Force Creates Clear, Achievable Policy Priorities for Louisiana’s Legislature

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Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and across the country, welcomed the recommendations of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force, and urged the legislature to swiftly enact these policies into law. In a report issued today, the task force called for major reforms to the state’s entire justice system, noting that after spending over $650 million on its corrections system, Louisiana’s taxpayers are not, “getting a good public safety return on investment.” The report recommends better consistency in sentencing, a focus on violent offenders, strengthening community supervision to reduce recidivism, and reinvesting a portion of the savings that result on …

Kentucky Legislature Sends Clear Message: We Want More Jobs, Less Crime

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The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and across the country, congratulates the House of Representatives for passing Senate Bill 120, legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield aimed at putting people to work and reducing crime. The bill had near-unanimous support in the Senate, and today’s House vote achieved an overwhelming bipartisan majority, 85 – 9. The bill now moves back to the Senate for concurrence, and then to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “The sweetest victories are those you have to fight for, and today’s final floor vote on …