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 …

A First Mistake Shouldn’t Bar Anyone From A Second Chance.

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By Haris Alic Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have a criminal record of some kind, which carries lifelong barriers to employment, housing, and education. According to Prison Fellowship, there are over 48,000 of these barriers across the nation, which significantly impact attempts by returning citizens to reintegrate into society successfully, find employment, and lead crime-free lives. A 2010 report, issued by the Center for Economic Research, estimated that there were between 12 and 14 million ex-offenders of working age in the United States as of 2008. Due to the adverse effects that a criminal record has on employment prospects, the report estimated that the economy lost between $57 and $65 …