JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF BIPARTISAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEGISLATION

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Republicans and Democrats Move to Open Tax Credit Opportunities for Individuals Convicted of Drug Offenses WASHINGTON – Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest advocacy organization supporting bipartisan solutions for criminal justice reform, issued the following statement as Members of Congress introduced the Eliminating Discrimination and Creating Corridors to Expand Student Success (ED ACCESS) Act of 2019: “Yet again, criminal justice reform proves to be a bellwether issue for bipartisan cooperation in these politically tumultuous times. We applaud the work of Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Representatives Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) for introducing the ED ACCESS Act of 2019, which will remove …

FULL FUNDING FOR FIRST STEP!

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Critical Senate Subcommittee Votes Across Party Lines to Fully Fund the First Step Act Republicans and Democrats Unite on Funding Critical Criminal Justice Reform Bill – White House Backs Deal That Pays for Bipartisan Legislative Accomplishment That Affirms a New Day for Second Chances WASHINGTON – Today, Inimai Chettiar, Legislative and Policy Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest advocacy organization supporting bipartisan solutions for criminal justice reform, issued the following statement as full funding of the implementation of the First Step Act passed a crucial Senate subcommittee on a bipartisan basis: “After months of behind-the-scenes negotiation, we are relieved to see the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, …

NEW POLL REVEALS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR PROBATION REFORMS AND OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL

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93% of Voters Support Breaking Down Barriers to Employment for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Results Show Broad Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Legislative Proposals as Major Advocates Host Probation Reform Lobby Day in Harrisburg (Harrisburg, PA) — As legislators return to Harrisburg, a new poll is showing a groundswell of bipartisan support for criminal justice reform legislation, including probation and occupational licensing reform bills in the House and Senate. The new poll, released today by the Justice Action Network reveals that Pennsylvanians across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support measures to “significantly improve” the state’s criminal justice system, with 75% voter support for probation reform and more than 80% support for occupational …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK STATEMENT ON THE REMOVAL OF ACTING BOARD OF PRISONS DIRECTOR

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WASHINGTON – Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest advocacy organization supporting criminal justice reform, issued the following statement on the dismissal of acting Board of Prisons Director Hugh Hurwitz:  “We are cautiously optimistic about the long overdue changes at the Bureau of Prisons, but it shouldn’t have taken the death of a high profile billionaire in a salacious case to bring us to this moment,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of Justice Action Network. “We have been calling for real oversight and accountability at BOP for some time in order to oversee proper implementation of historic prison and sentencing reform legislation that passed last …

CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADVOCATES LAUD WHITE HOUSE COURSE CORRECTION ON HIRING PRACTICES

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Paired With Push for Fair Chance Hiring Act, Focus on Second Chances Highlights Positive Bipartisan Engagement (Washington, DC) – Today, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that it will officially abandon a plan that would have required people applying for a job with federal agencies to divulge participation in a diversion program. If passed, this proposal would have closed paths to employment for thousands of Americans looking for a second chance through a steady, good-paying job.  The White House quietly withdrew the proposal for broader criminal background checks back in May, after advocates and lawmakers of both parties pushed back and objected to a measure that contradicted the Administration’s own …