With Unanimous Vote on S.B. 33, Commonsense Justice Reforms Move to the Governor’s Desk

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The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the country, released the following statement after the Ohio Senate unanimously concurred on Senate Bill 33. “With the unanimous concurrence of Senate Bill 33, Ohio has taken another step forward in right-sizing an out-of-control justice system,” said Holly Harris, the Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “Thanks to the leadership of Senate President Larry Obhof, Sens. John Eklund, and Kevin Bacon, this commonsense legislation will create a safer Ohio, reducing recidivism rates and ensuring that valuable taxpayer resources are focused on true threats to our communities.” “But our work is far from over. …

Rising Star Conservative Governors Call for Justice Reform During RGA Meeting in Austin

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Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Right on Crime and the Justice Action Network Discuss Job-Creating Reforms at Forum Powered By Google Residents at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women Watched the Event Live AUSTIN, T.X. – Today, two fresh faces and rising stars in conservative politics, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, joined one of the country’s most well-respected justice reform policy experts, Marc Levin of Right on Crime, for a panel discussion focused on state successes in smart justice policies at Google’s headquarters in Austin. The event, organized by the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system, the Justice Action Network, debuted two short films to document the governors’ …

Bipartisan Senate Justice Reform Will Improve Public Safety

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the criminal justice system, and its national partners, applauded the reintroduction of the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act as an important step forward in fixing our broken system. This legislation, reintroduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), prioritizes public safety by ensuring the punishment fits the crime and focuses taxpayer resources on those who pose the greatest risk to our communities. The bill also includes important recidivism reduction programming that will help ensure those who leave prison do not commit new crimes. Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network: “We thank Sens. Grassley and …

Elizabethtown News-Enterprise: Local Woman Lobbies for Criminal Justice Reform

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March 30, 2016 The Elizabethtown, Kentucky News-Enterprise of profiled the work of U.S. Justice Action Network executive director, and Kentucky native, Holly Harris last week after she visited the state to lobby Gov. Matt Bevin to enact vital criminal justice reforms. Here’s an excerpt: “’A lot of laws are archaic, we know they don’t work,” [Harris] said. “Kentucky has a 41 percent recidivism rate which to me is abysmal.’ Harris’ parents were active in jail ministry as she was growing up in Elizabethtown, which led to her passion for criminal justice. ‘When I was younger, I was a bit embarrassed about it and now I’m embarrassed that I haven’t done more,’ she said. ‘I …

The Hill – Poll: Battleground voters back criminal justice reform

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February 20, 2016 From the Wall Street Journal to Politico, our new national battleground state polling is being seen by a massive audience. In The Hill, Lydia Wheeler discusses the results and leads her story with a big statistic: “Over 60 percent of voters in six key battleground states say federal prisons house too many non-violent offenders, a new poll from the U.S. Justice Action Network finds.” U.S. Justice Action Network executive director Holly Harris told The Hill: “This poll reinforces what we’ve already known: voters agree that our criminal justice system is broken, and believe it’s time to advance reforms that not only save taxpayer money and reduce our skyrocketing …