HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES THE FAIR CHANCE ACT IN LANDSLIDE BIPARTISAN 377-48 VOTE, HONORING THE LEGACY OF CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS

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Justice Action Network Federal Legislative and Policy Director Inimai Chettiar released the following statement applauding passage of the Fair Chance Act as part of the NDAA today, and urging swift action in the Senate.  “The Fair Chance Act represents the legacy of civil rights icon Congressman Elijah Cummings and his willingness to put people above partisanship to reform our broken justice system. We are encouraged to see the House pass one of the final bills sponsored by this American hero in a landslide bipartisan 377-48 vote, as thousands of returning citizens seek jobs. Chettiar continued, “The Fair Chance Act represents a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation in Washington where members from …

BACK TO BACK WINS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM & BIPARTISANSHIP

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ONE YEAR AFTER FIRST STEP ACT, FEDERAL MEASURE INCLUDED IN NDAA BANS THE BOX FOR FEDERAL JOB APPLICANTS – MAJOR BOOSTS FOR REENTRY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & FIGHTING RECIDIVISM  After months of intense negotiations, the Fair Chance Act now appears as sec. 1121-1124 in the NDAA conference report, which goes up for a vote in Congress this week “The Fair Chance Act is a signature achievement for bipartisan cooperation, and more importantly, for the more than seventy million Americans who struggle with the stigma of a criminal record,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “So much talent is wasted in this country when employers summarily dismiss people with …

OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL PASSES UNANIMOUSLY IN SENATE; LEGISLATION POISED FOR HOUSE ACTION

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Bipartisan Vote to Get Pennsylvanians Back to Work; Reduce Recidivism (Harrisburg, PA) — Today, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 637, a major occupational licensing overhaul championed by Senator John DiSanto (R-15) that will get Pennsylvanians back to work while reducing recidivism. This historic legislation was introduced by a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers, including prime sponsors Senators DiSanto and Senator Judy Schwank (D-11). The bill ends the practice of automatically denying issuance of a license to those with convictions, while ensuring that licensing boards in Pennsylvania focus their inquiries into convictions that are directlyrelated to the underlying occupation after individualized reviews. Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88) and Jordan Harris …

OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL FLIES THROUGH PENNSYLVANIA SENATE COMMITTEE

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Unanimous Bipartisan Vote for Bill Aimed at Getting Pennsylvanians Back to Work; Reducing Recidivism (Harrisburg, PA) — The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted unanimously today in favor of Senate Bill 637, a major occupational licensing overhaul that continues Pennsylvania’s national leadership in criminal justice reform. This workforce development legislation, introduced by a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers, including prime sponsors Senators John DiSanto (R-15) and Judy Schwank (D-11), guarantees that convictions will not automatically preclude the issuance of a license, and individuals with criminal histories would have an occupational license withheld only if their convictions are directly related to said occupation after individualized reviews. Yesterday, more than a dozen …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF CHAIRMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS

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Following the tragic passing of House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, Justice Action Network Executive Director, Holly Harris offered the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chairman Elijah Cummings. He truly gave a voice to the voiceless, and showed compassion for the disadvantaged people of this country. We were privileged to work closely with Chairman Cummings on his second chance employment bill, the Fair Chance Act, which is just one of the countless ways he put people above partisanship, and worked across the aisle to fight for America’s forgotten communities. His work on criminal justice reform gave untold Americans second chances.  “Our prayers go out …