Inimai Chettiar Joins Justice Action Network & Coalition for Public Safety As New Federal Legislative and Policy Director

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Chettiar Brings Deep Expertise in Criminal Justice Reform and Building Strategic Campaigns WASHINGTON, D.C. – National criminal justice expert Inimai Chettiar joined the Justice Action Network (JAN) and Coalition for Public Safety (CPS) as federal Legislative and Policy Director, Executive Director Holly Harris announced today. Prior to joining the Coalition, Chettiar directed the Justice Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she established the Center as a national force to end mass incarceration. Chettiar will spearhead federal legislative priorities and policy for both JAN and CPS, a key focus as the bipartisan organizations gear up for a major push to build on the progress of last …

BIPARTISAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM CONTINUES TO SURGE IN PENNSYLVANIA

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Historic Second Chance Bill Introduced by Bipartisan Lawmakers; Emphasis is on Expanding Employment Opportunities Senate Bill 637 and House Bill 1477 Reform Occupational Licensing Laws to Get Pennsylvanians With Criminal Records Back to Work (Harrisburg, PA) – Today at a joint press conference, a group of bipartisan lawmakers announced the introduction of occupational licensing reform legislation aimed at reducing recidivism and breaking down barriers to employment for Pennsylvanians with criminal records. Senators John DiSanto (R-15) and Judy Schwank (D-11) introduced Senate Bill 637, and Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88) and Jordan Harris (D-186) introduced House Bill 1477. Both bills contain the following reforms: Prohibit state boards, commissions, or departments from denying or revoking an occupational …

AS OHIO SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARS TESTIMONY ON “NEXT STEP ACT,” JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK RELEASES NEW POLL SHOWING OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM PACKAGE

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press

Senate Bill 3, Sponsored by Sens. Eklund (R-18) & O’Brien (D-32), Includes Sentencing Reforms, Record Sealing & Expungement Fixes (Columbus, Ohio) – Today, as the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 3, Ohio’s most significant bipartisan sentencing reform package in years, the Justice Action Network released poll results that show Ohio voters overwhelmingly support major criminal justice reforms, with 87% of respondents supporting sentencing reforms. Titled “Next Step Ohio,” a nod to the “First Step Act,” federal prison and sentencing reform legislation signed into law by President Trump late last year, Ohio’s Senate Bill 3 reduces penalties for some low-level, non-violent offenses, particularly drug possession offenses. Under …

HISTORIC OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING BILL CLEARS BOTH CHAMBERS

Syrita Bowen News, Oklahoma, Press, Uncategorized

House Bill 1373 Significantly Expands Employment, Second Chance Opportunities for those With Criminal Records; Heads to Governor Kevin Stitt for Signature (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved House Bill 1373, landmark legislation that significantly expands occupational licensing opportunities for those with unrelated criminal records. The bill was approved with a 90-2 vote in the House after a unanimous 42-0 vote in the Senate. It now heads to Governor Kevin Stitt for his signature. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Zack Taylor (R-District 28) and Senator Julie Daniels (R-District 29), and endorsed by Governor Stitt, will open new doors to employment for those with criminal records by requiring state entities …

GOV. HUTCHINSON SIGNS LANDMARK CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE REFORM BILL INTO LAW

Syrita Bowen Arkansas, News, Press

Legislation Strengthens and Protects Property Rights & Due Process with Conviction Requirement  (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) – Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson for signing the Senate Bill 308, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2019, into law. Senate Bill 308 instates stronger due process protections for Arkansans by requiring a criminal conviction before property can be forfeited by the state. The legislation received overwhelming bipartisan support, passing unanimously in both chambers. The Civil Asset Forfeiture Act of 2019 was championed by  Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester (R-1) and Representative Austin McCollum (R-95), …