Package of Criminal Justice Reform Bills Ready for Action

Amir News, Oklahoma, Press

Bipartisan Justice Action Network Urges the Oklahoma Legislature to Swiftly Pass Smart Justice Reforms  Oklahoma City, OK – Over the past year, Governor Mary Fallin, legislative leaders, district attorneys, business leaders, law enforcement, and reform advocates came together to work out a compromise on several significant justice reform bills that are now ready to move through the legislature. The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Oklahoma and across the country, issued the following statement on the important package of bills: Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network, said: “For years, Oklahoma’s criminal justice system was in dire need of smart, data-driven reform. We’re …

Kentucky Becomes First State to Pass “Dignity” Law For Incarcerated Women

Karly Kentucky, News, Press, State Accomplishments

SB133 is Expected to be Signed by Gov. Matt Bevin Lexington, K.Y. – Today, the Kentucky legislature became the first state in the country to pass a “Dignity Bill,” a piece of legislation specifically tailored toward improving conditions for incarcerated women with a unanimous 88-0 vote in the House. Sen. Julie Raque Adams, a Republican legislator from Louisville—the hometown of Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell—sponsored Senate Bill 133, which bans the shackling of pregnant women, expands treatment for those struggling with addiction, and improves health and hygiene services for all incarcerated women. “More than any other state, Kentucky is struggling with an opioid addiction, and the scourge of drugs has now …

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

Amir Ohio, Press

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. …

Governor Bevin Signs Bipartisan Legislation for More Jobs, Less Crime in Kentucky

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, News, Uncategorized

The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system across the country, issued the following statement on the signing of SB 120, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Whitney Westerfield and aimed at putting people to work and reducing crime. The bill had near-unanimous support in the House and the Senate:  Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network: “We were honored to be a part of the ceremonial bill signing of the first step in reforming Kentucky’s justice system, but more importantly, we were excited to hear of Governor Bevin’s continued commitment to shifting the Commonwealth’s focus from jails to jobs. We remain grateful …

ICYMI: Bipartisan Leaders From Across The Country Come Together To Offer Solutions To The Explosion of Female Prison Population

Syrita Bowen News, Oklahoma, Uncategorized

Yesterday, powerhouse leaders from D.C. and around the country joined more than 500 guests at the Justice Action Network’s “Women Unshackled” forum – the first of its kind addressing the explosion in the female prison population. Coverage of the first-ever bipartisan gathering aimed at offering policy recommendations for the unique challenges facing women in prison blanketed national and in-state news following the event. The forum was livestreamed by Vice News:  Trended nationally on Twitter:   Featured on Snapchat:    And blanketed national and in-state news coverage:   CBS News: Female Incarceration is on the rise In a rare show of bipartisanship, politicians from both sides of the aisle came together …