ICYMI: Families of Incarcerated Individuals Urge Congress to Pass FIRST STEP Act

Syrita Bowen News, Press

Bipartisan Group of Officials, Advocates, Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, and Families Gathered in Front of the U.S. Capitol to Rally for Criminal Justice Reform WASHINGTON D.C. — On Tuesday, Families Against Mandatory Minimums hosted, and the Justice Action Network, Prison Fellowship, FreedomWorks, the American Conservative Union, #cut50, and the CAN-DO Foundation co-hosted the “Families for Justice Reform Now” rally calling on Congress to pass meaningful criminal justice reform legislation. Speakers included elected officials, advocates, formerly incarcerated individuals, and family members of currently or formerly incarcerated individuals, all of whom issued a clear call for action. In May, the House of Representatives passed the FIRST STEP Act by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of …

First-Of-Its-Kind ‘Clean Slate’ Bill Signed Into Law in Pennsylvania

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Legislation Would Permit Records of Individuals Convicted of Low-Level, Nonviolent Misdemeanors To Be Automatically Sealed After 10 Years Without A New Conviction FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org HARRISBURG, PA — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for signing the country’s first ‘Clean Slate’ law. ‘Clean Slate’ ensures automatic record sealing for individuals convicted of low-level, nonviolent misdemeanor offenses after 10 crime-free years. The ‘Clean Slate’ legislation received overwhelming support in both chambers, passing the House by a vote of 188-2 and the Senate, 49-0. “When Governor Wolf signed this …

Ohio Legislature Approves Vital Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press

The Justice Action Network Commends the Ohio Legislature for Passing Senate Bill 66 with Strong Bipartisan Vote FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, commended the Ohio legislature today for approving Senate Bill 66, a bill that expands access to record sealing, expands eligibility for critically-needed drug and alcohol treatment programs, promotes rehabilitation as an alternative to prison, allows for alternative sanctions for violating terms of parole, and modifies the way in which a court calculates jail time credit. The bill overwhelmingly passed the Ohio House 84-2 …

Pennsylvania Senate Unanimously Passes Landmark ‘Clean Slate’ Bill

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Legislation Now Goes to Governor’s Desk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org HARRISBURG, PA — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded the Pennsylvania Senate today for unanimously approving the first-ever ‘Clean Slate’ legislation and sending it to the Governor’s desk for his signature. ‘Clean Slate’ will allow individuals convicted of low-level, nonviolent misdemeanor offenses to have their records automatically sealed after 10 years if they are not convicted of another crime. The ‘Clean Slate’ legislation received overwhelming support in both chambers, passing the House by a vote of 188-2 and the Senate, 49-0. “Pennsylvania’s Clean …

Congress Takes Historic Vote on Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

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U.S. House of Representatives Approves the FIRST STEP Act by a Vote of 360-59 WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time in years, the U.S. House of Representatives approved bipartisan, prison-reform legislation—H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act. Holly Harris, executive director of the Justice Action Network, issued the following statement on the bill’s passage: “Bipartisan victories in Washington are incredibly rare, and today’s overwhelming House vote proves criminal justice reform is still the one issue that can bring the right and the left together. And while this bill will not fix all that is broken with our justice system, it is a first step toward safely reducing our unsustainable federal prison …