U.S. Justice Action Network: Banning the Box in Pennsylvania Opens Doors to Employment

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Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania and across the country, was honored to be a part of Governor Tom Wolf’s action to ban the box for state employment applications.  U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director, Holly Harris: “The best way to ensure those who leave prison don’t return is to help them find jobs. We’re glad to see Governor Wolf gets it, and that he’s ready to ‘ban the box’ for state job applicants, get government out of the way and put people back to work. A shocking one in three American adults now has a criminal record. …

ICYMI: All Star Panel Moves the Ball Forward on Smart Justice Reforms in Ohio

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Today, Ohioans are reading about Ohio State University football legend Maurice Clarett’s leadership in Columbus once again, this time as an advocate for justice reform. Last night, Clarett joined Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr and the president of The Buckeye Institute, Robert Alt, along with the U.S. Justice Action Network, to share how his personal experience with the justice system motivated him to take action. Bleacher Report: Maurice Clarett: From football to prison to justice reform advocate “Sports are no longer Maurice Clarett’s business, or his primary interest, but he can’t escape the terminology of the game. The nonprofit he co-founded last year in his native Youngstown, …

Ohio State All-Star Maurice Clarett: Ohio Can Score for Public Safety, Lower Costs by Moving the Ball Forward on Justice Reform

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Ohio State University Football Legend, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Joined The Buckeye Institute and the U.S. Justice Action Network to Urge Legislators to Support Smart Justice Reforms in Ohio, Including in Budget Watch Live Video from the Event Read Maurice Clarett’s Oped in Today’s Columbus Dispatch Here Columbus, OH – Ohio State University football legend Maurice Clarett shared his personal experiences with the Ohio justice system today to emphasize why reform is needed. Clarett was joined by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr and the president of The Buckeye Institute Robert Alt for a panel discussing smart-on-crime proposals progressing through the Ohio legislature, including reform …

Justice Reform: The All-Star Series

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On May 3rd, the U.S. Justice Action Network hosted the first in a series of panels featuring all-star justice reform champions in Columbus, Ohio. The panel featured Ohio State University football legend Maurice Clarett who shared his personal experiences with the justice system to emphasize why Ohio can’t afford to punt on common-sense reform. Clarett was joined by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr and the president of The Buckeye Institute, Robert Alt, for a discussion on how commonsense policies can keep people safe and improve outcomes across the state. If you missed the event you can watch the video and catch the recap below: Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed by Maurice Clarett: Column: Route to ‘village’ started in Toledo …

Thanks to Pennsylvania Senate, Stronger Property Rights Are Within Reach

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Today the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks the Pennsylvania Senate for taking the first step towards protecting Pennsylvanians’ due process and property rights. Legislation that updates the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws (SB 8) passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote of 39-10.  SB 8 would move Pennsylvania closer to a smarter forfeiture system by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the Commonwealth when they seek to forfeit property. This legislation also provides procedures for Pennsylvanians to get their property back pre-forfeiture when its loss would …