MAJOR ASSOCIATIONS, NATIONAL AND STATE CHAMBER GROUPS, JOB CREATORS SEEK TO TAKE INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS FROM “PRISONS TO PAYCHECKS”

Syrita Bowen News, Press

On Wednesday, December 5, business leaders and prominent skilled labor networks, including the  National Association of Homebuilders, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the U.S. Chamber, joined with Justice Action Network in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, urging support for prison reforms, such as those included in the First Step Act, which they say would help job creators develop a new skilled workforce to fill hundreds of thousands of open jobs. You can read the full text of the letter below.   Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leader Pelosi: …

BREAKING NEWS: CHAIRMAN GRASSLEY SAYS HE WOULD PRIORITIZE FIRST STEP ACT OVER JUDGES IN EFFORT TO GET THE BILL A VOTE THIS YEAR

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Grassley, Durbin Reveal Supermajority Whip Count, Including 28+ On The GOP Side Senators Durbin, Grassley, and Lee Address Washington Post Live Audience and Lay Out Current Challenges, Opportunities and The Road Ahead on Criminal Justice Reform  Washington, D.C. – Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley doubled down on his effort to get the First Step Act a vote before the end of the year, even saying he would prioritize the bill over other measures, including judicial nominations. The Chairman appeared in lockstep with his Democratic colleague Senator Dick Durbin at the Washington Post Live event sponsored by the Justice Action Network, as both leaders expressed an urgency to getting the bill …

Fact Sheet: The FIRST STEP Act

Syrita Bowen News, Press

At a time when our nation feels more divided than ever, one thing nearly all Americans agree on is the need to fix our broken criminal justice system. The FIRST STEP Act represents the most meaningful federal criminal justice reform bill our country has seen in decades. The “lock ’em up and throw away the key” policies of the ’80s and ’90s failed us, and dozens of red and blue states have already passed these reforms, safely reduced their prison populations, and simultaneously lowered their crime rates. These reforms are also enormously popular with the public, including a majority of Republican voters.  It’s time for Congress to look outside the …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK RELEASES EXIT POLLING SHOWING OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

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Majority of Americans Support Core Provisions of Senate’s Criminal Justice Reform Package as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Prepares a Whip Count (Washington, DC) – As President Donald Trump is reported to be on the verge of an endorsement of the First Step Act, the Justice Action Network released results of a new exit poll showing overwhelming voter support for key provisions of the bill, a prison and sentencing reform package negotiated by Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin. The poll was conducted by Robert Blizzard of Public Opinion Strategies, a prominent conservative polling firm. Among the key findings in the poll: 76% of voters believe judges should be able to depart below …

JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK STATEMENT ON THE DEPARTURE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS

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Holly Harris, Executive Director of Justice Action Network, released the following statement after the announcement of the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions:   “Today’s news offers an opportunity to chart a different course for our country’s broken justice system. And that path should begin with the passage of bipartisan prison and sentencing reforms. In the coming days, the United States Senate will determine the fate of a groundbreaking federal criminal justice reform bill, and our hope is that new leadership at the Department of Justice will work with the broad coalition of conservative and progressive voices in the reform community to take this first step toward a justice system …