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 …

Kentucky Legislature Sends Clear Message: We Want More Jobs, Less Crime

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, News, Uncategorized

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and across the country, congratulates the House of Representatives for passing Senate Bill 120, legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield aimed at putting people to work and reducing crime. The bill had near-unanimous support in the Senate, and today’s House vote achieved an overwhelming bipartisan majority, 85 – 9. The bill now moves back to the Senate for concurrence, and then to the Governor’s desk for his signature. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “The sweetest victories are those you have to fight for, and today’s final floor vote on …

The Herald-Leader Op-Ed: House Can Help Turn Kentuckians Away From Crime by Approving SB 120

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, News, Uncategorized

The Lexington Herald-Leader today published an op-ed from Don Ball, co-chair of the Recovery Kentucky Task Force and chair of the Hope Center Board of Directors, in support of Senate Bill 120, reentry reform legislation introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Whitney Westerfield. In the piece, Ball outlines how this legislation can improve public safety, turn individuals away from crime and get government out of the way to put people back to work. Excerpts are below and you can read the piece in full here. “While many states have seen a decline in their jail and prison populations, Kentucky’s continues to climb. Part of that is because of Kentucky’s abysmal recidivism …

Kentucky One Step Closer to Reentry Reform as Senate Bill 120 Surges Through Senate

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, News, Uncategorized

Frankfort, KY – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and on the federal level, applauded the Kentucky Senate for passing SB 120 on a strong, bipartisan 35-1 vote.  The bill, introduced by Senator Whitney Westerfield, has gained support from a diverse cross section of Kentucky, including the Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, Kentucky Jailers Association, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Greater Louisville Inc. It now moves to the House for consideration. Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network: “Today’s near-unanimous vote for putting people back to work who might otherwise …

U.S. Justice Action Network Applauds Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee for Passing Senate Bill 120

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, News, Uncategorized

Frankfort, KY – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Kentucky and on the federal level, applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing Senate Bill 120 and sending it to the full Senate. The reentry reform legislation, introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Whitney Westerfield, passed on a near-unanimous, overwhelming bipartisan vote. Support for the bill came from a wide range of groups and organizations in state, including: Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police, Kentucky Jailers Association, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Greater Louisville Inc. The bill seeks to …