U.S. Justice Action Network: With House Action, Michigan Steps Up On Justice Reforms

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Michigan and across the country congratulates the Michigan Legislature for passing common-sense, data-driven reforms to the justice system, reforms that had previously stalled in the statehouse. The package, championed by Senator John Proos, passed the House of Representatives on a strong, bipartisan vote. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Today’s votes show once again that justice reform is a winning issue on both sides of the aisle. Passing these vital improvements to parole, probation and prison systems, positions Michigan as an early leader in 2017 among those states working to reform their justice system. Sen. …

Michigan is on the Cusp of Recidivism-Reducing Justice Reforms

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

Full House to Consider Legislation Championed by Sen. Proos After Strong Committee Vote U.S. Justice Action Network Urges Legislators to Take Final Step, Pass Reforms Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Michigan and on the federal level, commends the House Committee on Michigan Competitiveness for passing sensible, targeted, recidivism-reducing policies out of committee and over to the full House for consideration. The package, championed by Senator John Proos passed on a strong bipartisan vote. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “There now stands just one more hurdle between the state of Michigan and targeted reforms to their justice …

The Herald-Leader Op-Ed: House Can Help Turn Kentuckians Away From Crime by Approving SB 120

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

The Lexington Herald-Leader today published an op-ed from Don Ball, co-chair of the Recovery Kentucky Task Force and chair of the Hope Center Board of Directors, in support of Senate Bill 120, reentry reform legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Whitney Westerfield. In the piece, Ball outlines how this legislation can improve public safety, turn individuals away from crime and get government out of the way to put people back to work. Excerpts are below and you can read the piece in full here. “While many states have seen a decline in their jail and prison populations, Kentucky’s continues to climb. Part of that is because of Kentucky’s abysmal recidivism …

Kentucky One Step Closer to Reentry Reform as Senate Bill 120 Surges Through Senate

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

Frankfort, KY – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and on the federal level, applauded the Kentucky Senate for passing SB 120 on a strong, bipartisan 35-1 vote.  The bill, introduced by Senator Whitney Westerfield, has gained support from a diverse cross section of Kentucky, including the Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, Kentucky Jailers Association, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Greater Louisville Inc. It now moves to the House for consideration. Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network: “Today’s near-unanimous vote for putting people back to work who might otherwise …

U.S. Justice Action Network Applauds Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee for Passing Senate Bill 120

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

Frankfort, KY – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and on the federal level, applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing Senate Bill 120 and sending it to the full Senate. The reentry reform legislation, introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield, passed on a near-unanimous, overwhelming bipartisan vote. Support for the bill came from a wide range of groups and organizations in state, including: Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police, Kentucky Jailers Association, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Greater Louisville Inc. The bill seeks to …