With Edwards’ Signature, Louisiana Lawmakers Achieve Victory for Public Safety

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The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, applauds leaders in Louisiana for enacting bipartisan policies to increase public safety and reduce incarceration rates. Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, and 681 and Senate Bills 220, 221, and 139,  designed to improve public safety by strengthening community supervision, reducing recidivism, and increasing alternatives to incarceration.  Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Louisiana is showing the rest of the country how it’s done. A broad, bipartisan coalition of legislators, advocates, faith leaders, and law enforcement officials worked together over the …

Ohio Continues Advancing Justice Reform

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Today the U.S. Justice Action Network (USJAN), the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the nation, congratulates the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee on completing their work to identify significant reforms throughout the state’s criminal code that will keep communities safe by reducing those who head to prison and keeping others from returning. The reform package includes many of the policies supported by USJAN, such as diversion and treatment programs for minor drug crimes, expansion of parole and community release programs, and raising the threshold for felony theft. Several of these recommendations are already under consideration by the Legislature. Holly Harris, Executive Director, …

Bipartisan Policymakers Take Bold Steps to Reduce Nation-Leading Incarceration Rate, Improve Public Safety

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The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, congratulates the Louisiana legislature for completing an intensive, bipartisan process to pass comprehensive reforms that reduce crime and incarceration rates. Thanks to the leadership of Senators Donald Martiny, John Alario, Jay Luneau, alongside Representatives Walt Leger, Julie Emerson, Tanner Magee, Helena Moreno, Joseph Marino, and Stephen Dwight, House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, 680 and 681 and Senate Bills 220, 221, and 139 passed the statehouse with strong bipartisan votes and await Governor John Bel Edwards signature. The bills seek to improve public safety by strengthening community supervision, reducing …

ICYMI: NFL Players Call on Congress to Act on Justice Reform

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Yesterday, NFL players Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins, Glover Quin and Johnson Bademosi published an op-ed in CNN calling on federal lawmakers to fix the justice system and work to implement smart reforms. They highlighted the need to move away from failed, antiquated policies like mandatory minimums, and urged them to implement reforms that help formerly incarcerated people reenter society. They also called on Congress to follow the lead of the states that have successfully enacted justice reform policies. The piece immediately gained wide-spread attention, and national outlets have amplified the important call to action. This is just the beginning. This movement is growing and we expect to hear more from …

Bipartisan Advocates Praise Pennsylvania for Making Communities Safer by Removing Barriers for Those With a Criminal History

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As the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves new “clean slate” legislation, the U.S. Justice Action Network– the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and across the country– praises Senators Scott Wagner (R-28th) and Anthony Williams (D-8th), in addition to Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88th) and Jordan Harris (D-186th), for leading a bipartisan group of over 28 Senators and 40 Representatives sponsoring the new bills. SB 529 and HB 1419 would enable the automatic sealing of conviction histories for nonviolent misdemeanors, as opposed to having to file individual petitions, after a crime-free period of 10 years. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Today, leaders on the …