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 …

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 …

After State of the State Address, U.S. Justice Action Network Praises Fallin’s Commitment to Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Oklahoma, Uncategorized

Bipartisan Organization Looks Forward to Across-the-Aisle Support for Fallin’s Smart on Crime Agenda  Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan group working to reform the justice system across the country and in Oklahoma, applauds Governor Mary Fallin for delivering a State of the State address that reinforces her commitment to bringing about smart reforms to the state’s justice system. Coming on the heels of sweeping reforms introduced by her justice reform task force last week, the governor called for rehabilitating more offenders to become productive law-abiding citizens, saving the state money by avoiding costly prison construction costs, and ensuring public safety remains a priority across Oklahoma. Holly …

Oklahoma Takes First Steps Toward Curbing High Incarceration Rate

James Ringland News, Oklahoma, Uncategorized

April 27, 2016 Efforts to reduce the incarceration rate in Oklahoma are underway in Oklahoma, as Gov. Mary Fallin signed criminal justice reforms into law that reduce mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses and expand access to alternative sentencing options like drug courts. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Fallin and other legislative champions, including Sens. Greg Treat and Wayne Shaw and Rep. Pam Peterson, Oklahoma is now taking important steps to address its high prison population by reducing sentences and offering alternatives to those who need treatment. We have seen the positive impact such reforms have made in other states, including safely reducing the …