CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN PENNSYLVANIA GETS A MAJOR BOOST WITH PASSAGE OF SECOND CHANCE LEGISLATION

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Pennsylvania Joins 40+ States that have Eliminated Driver’s License Suspensions for Certain Non-Driving Related Offenses (Washington, DC) – Continuing their bipartisan commitment to second chances, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed House Bill 163 with a unanimous vote in the Senate and a 179-1 vote in the House, and House Resolution 76 with a 49-1 vote in the Senate. House Bill 163 eliminates driver’s license suspensions for certain non-driving related offenses, while House Resolution 76 will opt Pennsylvania out of a burdensome federal provision that requires the Commonwealth to automatically suspend the driver’s licenses of those convicted of certain crimes in order to receive federal highway funds. In Pennsylvania alone, over 33,000 people had their licenses suspended for convictions of nonviolent, non-driving related offenses in 2017. Pennsylvania now joins at …

First-Of-Its-Kind ‘Clean Slate’ Bill Signed Into Law in Pennsylvania

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Legislation Would Permit Records of Individuals Convicted of Low-Level, Nonviolent Misdemeanors To Be Automatically Sealed After 10 Years Without A New Conviction FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org HARRISBURG, PA — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for signing the country’s first ‘Clean Slate’ law. ‘Clean Slate’ ensures automatic record sealing for individuals convicted of low-level, nonviolent misdemeanor offenses after 10 crime-free years. The ‘Clean Slate’ legislation received overwhelming support in both chambers, passing the House by a vote of 188-2 and the Senate, 49-0. “When Governor Wolf signed this …

Ohio Legislature Approves Vital Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press

The Justice Action Network Commends the Ohio Legislature for Passing Senate Bill 66 with Strong Bipartisan Vote FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, commended the Ohio legislature today for approving Senate Bill 66, a bill that expands access to record sealing, expands eligibility for critically-needed drug and alcohol treatment programs, promotes rehabilitation as an alternative to prison, allows for alternative sanctions for violating terms of parole, and modifies the way in which a court calculates jail time credit. The bill overwhelmingly passed the Ohio House 84-2 …

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 …