WITH WHIP COUNT ON FEDERAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM BILL DAYS AWAY, BIPARTISAN JUSTICE ACTION NETWORK HIGHLIGHTS VICTORIES OF STATE LEGISLATIVE CHAMPIONS

Syrita Bowen Kentucky, Minnesota, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal levels, saw their state legislative champions of justice reform pull off impressive victories last night. With a Senate whip count on the federal prison and sentencing reform package just days away, these state success stories could help persuade members who are still on the fence about the political viability of criminal justice issues. “From our Dignity bill sponsor in Kentucky, to Clean Slate supporters in Pennsylvania, and from sentencing reform advocates in Minnesota, to pretrial reform champions in Ohio, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who supported …

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 …

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 …