U.S. Justice Action Network Praises Gov. Bevin for Signing Fair Chance Hiring Executive Order in Kentucky

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, praises Governor Matt Bevin for continuing his commitment to reforming Kentucky’s justice system by signing a “Fair Chance Hiring” executive order. This action delays questions about prior criminal convictions for state job applicants until after the initial application phase, ensuring those with records are not summarily dismissed without having the opportunity to show their qualifications and explain efforts at rehabilitation. Kentucky now joins half the states in this country that have eliminated prior-conviction questions as a screener for government agencies, including Georgia, Oklahoma, Louisiana and …

U.S. Justice Action Network Showcases Justice Reform in State of the State Addresses with New Website

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Governors from Coast to Coast Prove #StatesLead on Justice Reform in 2017 **Click Here To ViewState of the States: Justice Reform in Focus**  Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network announces a new website tracking governors who put justice reform on their agendas through mentions in their 2017 state of the state addresses. As of today, dozens of governors have prioritized justice reform in these landmark speeches. From Arizona to Connecticut, governors from both parties are asking their legislatures to make common sense justice policies that safely reduce incarceration rates and improve public safety an important part of this year’s agenda. This website is designed to serve as a …

After Rauner’s State Of The State, U.S. Justice Action Network Expects New Momentum For Illinois Legislature In 2017

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Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group organization working to reform the justice system throughout the country and in Illinois, applauds Governor Bruce Rauner for delivering a state of the state address that maintains his commitment to reducing the the state’s prison population in the next decade – a marker that he laid out back in February 2015 when he created the State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Since then, leaders from both sides of the aisle – including State Sens. Kwame Raoul and Michael Connelly and State Reps. Elgie Sims and John Cabello –  have issued 27 recommendations to address Illinois’ broken justice system.  Holly …

State of the States: Justice Reform in Focus

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Each year, governors in every state deliver their annual State of the State addresses to lay out their priorities and set their agenda for the year to come. Across the country, governors from both parties are including justice reform as an important part of their agenda this year. Follow along on Twitter via the hashtag: #StatesLead. Here’s a rundown of what the governors are putting at the top of their agenda in 2017. Click to jump to a state Arkansas Arizona Connecticut  Illinois Kentucky  Missouri Nevada New Jersey  New York      North Dakota      Oklahoma     South Dakota    Virginia KENTUCKY  – Governor Bevin  February 8, 2017 “Criminal justice reform …

U.S. Justice Action Network Applauds Governor Snyder For Featuring Justice Reform in State of the State Address

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Bipartisan Organization Encouraged by Gov. Snyder’s Comments on Need for Justice Reforms Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Michigan and across the country, thanks Governor Rick Snyder for prioritizing justice reform in his State of the State address.  Following up on his May 2015 call to action, Gov. Snyder reaffirmed the need for legislation that makes much-needed reforms to the state’s justice system, including ensuring improved re-entry and job training programs are in place to ease an individuals transition back into society. The U.S. Justice Action Network will continue working with Gov. Snyder, legislators from the right and …