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 …

Op-Ed in Star Tribune: Minnesota Must Wise Up About Probation Reform

Syrita Bowen Minnesota, News, Uncategorized

U.S. Justice Action Network Deputy Director Jenna Moll and Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Patrick Purtill wrote a Star Tribune op-ed to remind Minnesotans that bipartisan probation reform is a proven way to deal with the state’s growing incarceration rate. They urge the legislature to take action on this reform now. Excerpts from the op-ed are below and you can read the full piece in the Star Tribune here.   “Minnesota has one of the fastest-growing prison population rates in the country. While the imprisonment rate nationally decreased more than seven percent between 2005 and 2015, Minnesota’s increased by 8 percent, even while crime was cut by 30 percent. “One of the …

At ‘Minnesota Justice Forum,’ National and Local Leaders Discuss Bipartisan Justice Reform Strategies

Syrita Bowen Minnesota, News, Uncategorized

Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system in Minnesota and around the country, hosted members of the state legislature, county attorneys, city attorneys, county commissioners, and local leaders to discuss conservative, cost-effective approaches to justice reform. Leaders from the U.S. Justice Action Network were joined by prominent representatives from Faith & Freedom Coalition and local leaders in a discussion to lead the event. “While Minnesota has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country, the state has seen one of the fastest growing prison population rates in the nation since 2003,” said Jenna Moll, Deputy Director, U.S. Justice Action Network. …

Minnesota Legislature Passes Significant Reforms to Drug Laws, 129-0

James Ringland Minnesota, News

May 20, 2016 The Minnesota Legislature has passed overwhelmingly the most significant reforms to the state’s drug laws in almost 30 years. SF 3481 ushers in sweeping changes to sentencing, replacing mandatory minimums for low-level drug crimes and putting a greater focus on treating the causes of addiction. We have worked with Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-46th), Rep. Tony Cornish (R-23B), prominent law enforcement officials, and a bipartisan group of partners over the session to introduce this legislation and champion its passage through the legislature. With the bill passing 129-0, it is clear legislators heeded the call of their constituents. Recent polling shows 8 in 10 Minnesota voters support comprehensive criminal justice reform and 79% support …

USJAN Joins Leading Minnesota Law Enforcement Officials and Lawmakers In Supporting Sentencing Reform Deal

James Ringland Minnesota, News

April 29, 2016 The U.S. Justice Action Network is working with a bipartisan, diverse and influential group in Minnesota to advance what the Star Tribune has called the, “most significant reforms to the state’s drug laws in decades.” Leading Minnesota law enforcement officials have announced their support for State Sen. Ron Latz’s (DFL- 46th) bill to significantly reform sentencing for individuals convicted of drug offenses. The legislation provides for a more effective approach to treating drug addiction and will be introduced in the House by Rep. Tony Cornish (R-23B), Chairman of the House Public Safety Committee. Recent polling shows 8 in 10 Minnesota voters support comprehensive criminal justice reform and 79% …