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 …

PRESS CONFERENCE: U.S. Justice Action Network to Release New Poll Revealing Voter Attitudes Toward Criminal Justice Reform

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February 16, 2016 Join us at 3pm on Wednesday 2/17 for a press conference where we will unveil new polling that highlights voter sentiment toward federal criminal justice reforms currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. The poll results will highlight voter attitudes toward federal reform in six states, all of which are considered crucial in the 2016 election cycle, including Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Ed Goeas, president and CEO of conservative polling firm The Tarrance Group will present the polling results as well as highlight other insights generated by the survey.  The U.S. Justice Action Network’s conservative and progressive partners will also be on hand to …

Wash. Examiner: Conservative Leaders Urge Congress to Act on Criminal Justice Reform

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February 3, 2016 Last week, conservative leaders called on Congress to act on criminal justice reform and the Washington Examiner noticed. They wrote: “[m]ost conservatives recognize that a smarter, more nuanced approach to criminal justice is needed,” and quoted leaders like Jason Pye, the communications director at FreedomWorks, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, Marc Levin, the policy director for Right on Crime, and Timothy Head, the executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Here’s more of what the Examiner had to say Washington Examiner: Conservative criminal justice reformers urge Congress to act By Daniel Allott January 29, 2016 In a conference call Thursday, conservative leaders urged Congress to act …