FAIR CHANCE ACT BECOMES FEDERAL LAW ONE YEAR AFTER PASSAGE OF GROUNDBREAKING FIRST STEP ACT

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President Trump signs the Fair Chance Act, one of the final criminal justice reform priorities of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings  Justice Action Network President & Executive Director Holly Harris released the following statement after the Fair Chance Act is signed into law:  “The President’s signature on the Fair Chance Act this holiday season is a gift to the tens of millions of Americans living with the stigma of a criminal record, many of whom have a hard time finding work,” said Justice Action Network President and Executive Director Holly Harris. “Tonight’s bill signing comes one year to the day that the House passed the First Step Act, which freed thousands of …

MAJOR VOTE SENDS FULL FUNDING FOR THE FIRST STEP ACT TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

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Congress Approves $75 Million for the Recidivism-Reduction Programming Contained in the First Step Act by Vote of 81-11 Justice Action Network President & Executive Director Holly Harris released the following statement applauding the Senate for including First Step Act funding in today’s FY 2020 funding agreement: “This is another major step forward for bipartisan, bicameral criminal justice reform,” said Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris. “As we mark the anniversary of the passage of the First Step Act, we are encouraged to see continuing bipartisan support for the bill’s treatment and recidivism-reduction programming.” “Thanks to the unyielding advocacy of First Step Act champions Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin and Representatives …

HISTORIC OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING OVERHAUL & EXPUNGEMENT REFORMS PASS OVERWHELMINGLY IN HOUSE

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Republicans & Democrats Vote to Improve Employment Prospects and Second Chances; Lower Recidivism (Harrisburg, PA) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 193-4 in favor of House Bill 1477, a historic occupational licensing overhaul championed by Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88) and Jordan Harris (D-186), and unanimously for House Bill 440, a critical bill that builds on the Clean Slate Act to make expungement and clean slate more accessible to those that have been fully pardoned or acquitted, sponsored by Representatives Tedd Nesbit (R-8) and Joanna McClinton (D-191). Both pieces of legislation will break down barriers to employment for individuals impacted by the justice system, ultimately leading to lower recidivism and a stronger …

THE FAIR CHANCE ACT HEADED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DESK AFTER SENATE PASSES NDAA IN BIPARTISAN 86-8 VOTE; BILL IS TRIBUTE TO LATE CHAIRMAN CUMMINGS

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One Year After the First Step Act Was Signed into Law, Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Continues Justice Action Network President & Executive Director Holly Harris released the following statement applauding the Senate for passing the Fair Chance Act in today’s bipartisan NDAA vote: “Today is a significant step forward for millions of Americans struggling with the stigma of a criminal record,” said Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris. “Thanks to bipartisan efforts of Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Doug Collins, and the late Chairman Elijah Cummings, one more barrier to jobs is torn down, making our economy stronger and our communities safer. “We look forward to President Trump signing …

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES THE FAIR CHANCE ACT IN LANDSLIDE BIPARTISAN 377-48 VOTE, HONORING THE LEGACY OF CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS

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Justice Action Network Federal Legislative and Policy Director Inimai Chettiar released the following statement applauding passage of the Fair Chance Act as part of the NDAA today, and urging swift action in the Senate.  “The Fair Chance Act represents the legacy of civil rights icon Congressman Elijah Cummings and his willingness to put people above partisanship to reform our broken justice system. We are encouraged to see the House pass one of the final bills sponsored by this American hero in a landslide bipartisan 377-48 vote, as thousands of returning citizens seek jobs. Chettiar continued, “The Fair Chance Act represents a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation in Washington where members from …