ICYMI: Bipartisan Leaders From Across The Country Come Together To Offer Solutions To The Explosion of Female Prison Population

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Yesterday, powerhouse leaders from D.C. and around the country joined more than 500 guests at the Justice Action Network’s “Women Unshackled” forum – the first of its kind addressing the explosion in the female prison population. Coverage of the first-ever bipartisan gathering aimed at offering policy recommendations for the unique challenges facing women in prison blanketed national and in-state news following the event. The forum was livestreamed by Vice News:  Trended nationally on Twitter:   Featured on Snapchat:    And blanketed national and in-state news coverage:   CBS News: Female Incarceration is on the rise In a rare show of bipartisanship, politicians from both sides of the aisle came together …

Pennsylvania Policymakers Listen to Constituents, Protect Property Rights

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Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks Governor Tom Wolf for signing a bill to protect Pennsylvanians’ due process and property rights. After a unanimous vote in the House, and with the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will update the state’s civil asset forfeiture statutes by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the government when it seeks to forfeit property.  The new law also provides procedures for Pennsylvanians to get their property back pre-forfeiture when its loss would prove a hardship, and allows for a new avenue …

Senate Cleans the Slate for Pennsylvanians

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Today, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that makes Pennsylvania the first state in the country to automatically seal criminal records of minor offenses. The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, applauded this accomplishment as a way to put people back to work and help them turn away from crime for good. If signed into law, Senate Bill 529 would allow for automatic sealing of certain low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors after ten years without subsequent reoffending, eliminating the need for individuals to petition the court.  Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network: “We should be doing everything in our …

Justice Action Network Highlights Successful State Justice Reforms with Rebranding

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As legislative sessions are concluding across the country, Representative Julie Emerson (R-LA), Senator Dennis Parrett (D-KY), and Senator John Proos (R-MI) joined Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris to highlight notable successes on justice reform in their home states. While discussion continues around the introduction of federal legislation, the Justice Action Network and its state-based and national partners have already achieved significant state legislative successes in Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and Tennessee, with additional reforms poised for passage in yearlong legislative sessions in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. This legislation will strengthen public safety, save valuable taxpayer resources, and make our justice system fairer for all communities. “We …

Legislation Delivered to Governor to Protect Pennsylvanian’s Property Rights

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Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks the Pennsylvania legislature for protecting due process and upholding property rights by passing the first step towards badly needed civil asset forfeiture reforms. Today’s unanimous vote in the the House sends Governor Tom Wolf legislation that would transform and update current forfeiture statutes. With the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will move Pennsylvania to a more effective forfeiture system by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the Commonwealth when they seek to forfeit property. The new law will also …