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 …

Louisiana House Moves Closer To Improving Public Safety, Curbing Costs Through Justice Reforms

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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, praises the Louisiana House of Representatives for passing legislation proven to help reduce crime and incarceration rates. These policies have been developed through an intensive, bipartisan, stakeholder-driven process, and received broad support from both sides of the aisle. Thanks to the leadership of Representatives Walt Leger, Julie Emerson, Tanner Magee, Helena Moreno, Joseph Marino, and Stephen Dwight, House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, and 681 passed the House with strong bipartisan votes. Holly Harris, Executive Director of U.S. Justice Action Network: “Just days after a bipartisan group of Senators …

WATCH: USJAN’s Holly Harris Joins C-SPAN to Discuss New Justice Department Sentencing Guidelines

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Watch Holly Harris’ Full C-SPAN Appearance Here This weekend, Holly Harris, the executive director of the largest bipartisan organization working on criminal justice reform, the U.S. Justice Action Network, appeared on C-SPAN to discuss how the federal government lags behind states– and particularly Republican states– when it comes to reforming the justice system. Here are some highlights:  “My organization feels [that the new directive from the Attorney General] is going in the wrong direction because states around the country that have implemented reforms to mandatory minimum sentencing for low-level, non-violent offenders have seen much better public safety outcomes.” “[Take] Governor Perry in Texas, a lot of people call him the godfather of criminal justice …