Pennsylvania Policymakers Listen to Constituents, Protect Property Rights

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks Governor Tom Wolf for signing a bill to protect Pennsylvanians’ due process and property rights. After a unanimous vote in the House, and with the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will update the state’s civil asset forfeiture statutes by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the government when it seeks to forfeit property.  The new law also provides procedures for Pennsylvanians to get their property back pre-forfeiture when its loss would prove a hardship, and allows for a new avenue …

Legislation Delivered to Governor to Protect Pennsylvanian’s Property Rights

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks the Pennsylvania legislature for protecting due process and upholding property rights by passing the first step towards badly needed civil asset forfeiture reforms. Today’s unanimous vote in the the House sends Governor Tom Wolf legislation that would transform and update current forfeiture statutes. With the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will move Pennsylvania to a more effective forfeiture system by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the Commonwealth when they seek to forfeit property. The new law will also …

Bipartisan Advocates Praise Pennsylvania for Making Communities Safer by Removing Barriers for Those With a Criminal History

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

As the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves new “clean slate” legislation, the U.S. Justice Action Network– the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and across the country– praises Senators Scott Wagner (R-28th) and Anthony Williams (D-8th), in addition to Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88th) and Jordan Harris (D-186th), for leading a bipartisan group of over 28 Senators and 40 Representatives sponsoring the new bills. SB 529 and HB 1419 would enable the automatic sealing of conviction histories for nonviolent misdemeanors, as opposed to having to file individual petitions, after a crime-free period of 10 years. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Today, leaders on the …

Pennsylvania Reentry Council Offers Opportunity to Continue Efforts towards Criminal Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro convened the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council (PRC). The PRC will be made up of a bipartisan coalition of major stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth tasked with finding ways to improve reentry efforts, reduce recidivism, and educate Pennsylvanians about the challenges of the justice system.  The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and across the country, today applauded the convening of this group as a first step and called for real action to come from their work: Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “We need to clear pathways …

U.S. Justice Action Network: Banning the Box in Pennsylvania Opens Doors to Employment

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania and across the country, was honored to be a part of Governor Tom Wolf’s action to ban the box for state employment applications.  U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director, Holly Harris: “The best way to ensure those who leave prison don’t return is to help them find jobs. We’re glad to see Governor Wolf gets it, and that he’s ready to ‘ban the box’ for state job applicants, get government out of the way and put people back to work. A shocking one in three American adults now has a criminal record. …