Daily Signal Op-Ed: At Odds With History: States Seize Control of Civil Asset Forfeiture

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The Daily Signal today published an op-ed from Jenna Moll, Deputy Director at the U.S. Justice Action Network about reforming civil asset forfeiture processes. The piece highlights Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ recent statements casting doubt on whether current forfeiture practices meet the standard set by historical practice, and examines the progress being made at the state level to protect property rights. Excerpts are below and you can read the piece in full here. “Last week, in refusing to consider a civil asset forfeiture case on procedural grounds, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cast doubt that these practices could stand up constitutionally or be sustained by historical practice. “We share his doubt. Civil …

At ‘Minnesota Justice Forum,’ National and Local Leaders Discuss Bipartisan Justice Reform Strategies

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Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Minnesota and around the country, hosted members of the state legislature, county attorneys, city attorneys, county commissioners, and local leaders to discuss conservative, cost-effective approaches to justice reform. Leaders from the U.S. Justice Action Network were joined by prominent representatives from Faith & Freedom Coalition and local leaders in a discussion to lead the event. “While Minnesota has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country, the state has seen one of the fastest growing prison population rates in the nation since 2003,” said Jenna Moll, Deputy Director, U.S. Justice Action Network. …

The Hill Op-Ed: Criminal Justice Reform: A Women’s Issues

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The Hill today published an op-ed from Representative Mia Love (R-UT) and Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network. Given March is Women’s History Month, the piece sheds a light on a disturbing, yet often ignored, trend in the justice system: the growing female prison population. Excerpts are below and you can read the piece in full here. “Between 1980 and 2014, the number of women in prison grew by an alarming 700 percent – increasing at a rate 50 percent higher than men. Over the same period, the number of women in local jails has increased 14-fold. This impact falls disproportionately on African-American women, whose rate …

Justice Reform Making Strides Across the Country

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The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system on the state and federal level, has been hard at work in states from the Midwest to the South, and this week that work paid off. States are advancing policies that will prevent those who leave prison from returning and reforms to parole and probation that will have a tangible impact on incarceration rates and public safety. Here’s a recap:  The Week In Review Common-sense, data-driven reforms arrived in Michigan where the legislature passed a package of bills championed by Senator John Proos. Passing these vital improvements to parole, probation and prison systems is set to reduce recidivism, improve …

Sidewire Recap: U.S. Justice Action Network, ACLU and Right on Crime Highlight How States Are Taking The Lead on Justice Reform

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**CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL CHAT**  Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Action Network and national partners ACLU and Right on Crime took to Sidewire for a discussion about how states are leading on bipartisan justice reform – lowering prison populations and crime rates. Here’s a recap: Joe Luppino-Esposito, Right on Crime: “The criminal justice system needs to keep its focus on public safety, first and foremost… Texas is a prime example. We just celebrated a decade of reform that began in the 2007 legislative session. Since then, Texas crime rates AND incarceration rates have dropped… It was research from [Right on Crime] and other organizations that showed us how longer prison terms for low-level, nonviolent …