Governor Bevin to Kentucky: “Criminal Justice Reform is Coming…”

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the nation’s largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and on the federal level, applauds Governor Matt Bevin for making justice reform a major focus of his State of the Commonwealth address. The Governor’s support for reform mirrors that of his constituents: a recent U.S. Justice Action Network/Public Opinion Strategies poll found that 82 percent of Kentuckians believe their justice system is in need of reform. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “By choosing his annual address to the people of Kentucky to reinforce his support for second chances and redemption for the formerly incarcerated, Governor Bevin has set the soon-to-be-introduced justice …

The Messenger-Inquirer: Poll: Most Support Criminal Justice Reforms

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

As the General Assembly returns to Frankfort today and prepares to consider justice reforms as part of their agenda, we wanted to make sure you had read this piece by James Mayse at The Messenger-Inquirer. The story shares the results of new polling from the bipartisan U.S. Justice Action Network, which found the vast majority of Kentuckians from both sides of the aisle believe the state’s justice system is in need of reform. Excerpts are below and you can read the piece in full here. The U.S. Justice Action Network poll was conducted January 30-February 1 by Public Opinion Strategies, and can be viewed in full here.

The Bluegrass State is Backing Justice Reform with Overwhelming Support:

Amir News, Uncategorized

Across the nation, nearly 70 million Americans have a criminal record of some sort–including hundred of thousands of Kentuckians. Studies have shown that a criminal record can prove to be an insurmountable barrier for ex-offenders, especially those hoping to successfully reintegrate into society. From housing to employment, the residual effects of a criminal record can limit opportunities to break the cycles of crime, poverty, and re-incarceration. However, hope is on the horizon. Last week, Kentucky became the 25th state in the nation to initiate “Fair Chance Hiring” practices in regards to state employment. Governor Matt Bevin’s Executive Order–2017-064–prohibits state agencies from inquiring about prior criminal history on initial applications for …

After State of the State Address, U.S. Justice Action Network Praises Fallin’s Commitment to Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

Bipartisan Organization Looks Forward to Across-the-Aisle Support for Fallin’s Smart on Crime Agenda  Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system across the country and in Oklahoma, applauds Governor Mary Fallin for delivering a State of the State address that reinforces her commitment to bringing about smart reforms to the state’s justice system. Coming on the heels of sweeping reforms introduced by her justice reform task force last week, the governor called for rehabilitating more offenders to become productive law-abiding citizens, saving the state money by avoiding costly prison construction costs, and ensuring public safety remains a priority across Oklahoma. Holly …

U.S. Justice Action Network Commends Justice Reform Task Force Report

Syrita Bowen News

Bipartisan Group Praises Gov. Fallin and State Leaders, Urges Legislature to Act  Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Oklahoma and across the country, applauds Governor Mary Fallin and the Justice Reform Task Force for the release of a year-long report that offers real solutions to fix to the state’s criminal justice system. The Task Force recommended the state pursue policies that would reduce the prison population by focusing on supervision and sentencing alternatives proven to be more effective at reducing crime and costs to the taxpayer. The proposed reforms are estimated to avert the need for prison …