Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Task Force Creates Clear, Achievable Policy Priorities for Louisiana’s Legislature

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Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and across the country, welcomed the recommendations of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force, and urged the legislature to swiftly enact these policies into law. In a report issued today, the task force called for major reforms to the state’s entire justice system, noting that after spending over $650 million on its corrections system, Louisiana’s taxpayers are not, “getting a good public safety return on investment.” The report recommends better consistency in sentencing, a focus on violent offenders, strengthening community supervision to reduce recidivism, and reinvesting a portion of the savings that result on …

Kentucky Legislature Sends Clear Message: We Want More Jobs, Less Crime

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The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and across the country, congratulates the House of Representatives for passing Senate Bill 120, legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield aimed at putting people to work and reducing crime. The bill had near-unanimous support in the Senate, and today’s House vote achieved an overwhelming bipartisan majority, 85 – 9. The bill now moves back to the Senate for concurrence, and then to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “The sweetest victories are those you have to fight for, and today’s final floor vote on …

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 …