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 …

ICYMI: FIRST STEP LEADS TO NEXT STEP – FAIR CHANCE ACT FLIES THROUGH HOUSE; CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM MOMENTUM BUILDS AHEAD OF 2020

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Justice Action Network & Key Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Applaud House Passage of the ‘Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019’ Bipartisan Legislation Opens Doors to Jobs For the Formerly Incarcerated (Washington, DC) – Today, the Fair Chance Act, sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Elijah Cummings, passed in the House of Representatives as an amendment to another legislative vehicle. This critical legislation would lead to increased job opportunities and a crucial lifeline for justice-involved individuals by postponing federal government and federal contractor requests for criminal history from job applicants until the applicant has received a conditional offer of employment. This landmark legislation comes just six months after …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK STATEMENT ON ADOPTION OF FAIR CHANCE ACT AMENDMENT

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Criminal Justice Reform Momentum Builds in Congress (Washington, DC) – In response to the House of Representatives voting by voice vote for adoption of ‘The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019’ as an amendment to another legislative vehicle, Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, released the following statement: “We are at a time when one in three American adults has a criminal record, and it is flatly absurd to think 70 million Americans shouldn’t have a fair chance at employment, especially in public service. This Fair Chance Act ensures that people with records applying for federal government work are not summarily dismissed before their skills …