Focus Turns to Criminal Justice As Reform Efforts Get Underway in Pennsylvania

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July 31, 2015 In Pennsylvania and around the country, the last few weeks have brought us closer than ever to addressing real criminal justice reform. On the heels of bipartisan calls by President Obama, Speaker Boehner and members of Congress from both parties for federal action, we’ve also seen meaningful steps taken right here at home. Kicking off its work in Pennsylvania, U.S. Justice Action Network brought state advocates and lawmakers from across the political spectrum together to work toward reform. The bipartisan coalition will push for concrete proposals to overhaul the system. One such proposal is State Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s bill that would make it easier for non-violent offenders …

Momentum Is Strong for Justice Reform

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July 17, 2015 With in the span of a few short days, President Obama, Speaker Boehner and a bipartisan group of House and Senate members all spoke out on the need for significant changes to our justice system. President Obama called for action to address our overcrowded prisons and increased the spotlight on criminal justice reform by being the first president to visit a federal prison. Speaker Boehner took to his podium showing leadership on tackling the problem of overcriminalization by joining a bipartisan effort supporting the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act. We are extremely encouraged by these important steps toward justice reform. Said U.S. Justice Action Network …

In criminal justice reform, journey of 1,000 miles begins with first step

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July 16, 2015 Today, we released a Medium piece from Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network. Here is an excerpt of the piece: President Obama on Monday, July 13 commuted the sentences of nearly four dozen nonviolent drug offenders, but when there are more than 2 million adults in America’s jails and prisons, those 46 don’t even qualify as a rounding error in reducing the nation’s incarceration rate. With more than 1 percent of all adult Americans behind bars, we have the dubious distinction of the highest incarceration rate of any nation in the world. Since 1980, the federal prison population has increased tenfold, while the …

Reforming Ohio’s Criminal Justice System, Starting with “Ban the Box”

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July 16, 2015 Prominent voices from both the left and the right working on criminal justice issues are coming together in an unprecedented effort in Ohio to end overcriminalization, safely reduce the jail and prison population and related taxpayer costs, and break down barriers for those leaving prison to successfully re-enter society. “Our bloated prison population is ineffective and unsustainable and when prisoners re-enter society, they can’t find jobs. This system places an astronomical burden on the taxpayers that can no longer be justified,” said Holly Harris, U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director. “The work begins in the states, and U.S. Justice Action Network chose Ohio as one of our …

Pursuing Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform in Michigan

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July 16, 2015 The most prominent advocacy groups from the left and right working on criminal justice issues are coming together to pursue bipartisan criminal justice reforms in Michigan that safely reduce the jail and prison population and decrease associated costs. U.S. Justice Action Network will also advocate for swift and fair justice by boosting victims’ rights in the Great Lakes State. “As our prison population has exploded, so has cost to the taxpayers,” said Holly Harris, U.S. Justice Action Network’s Executive Director. “This incredibly high taxpayer burden has not provided the people of Michigan the public safety return they deserve. Through this unprecedented effort, bipartisan leaders will work together …