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. …

Thanks to Pennsylvania Senate, Stronger Property Rights Are Within Reach

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 Senate for taking the first step towards protecting Pennsylvanians’ due process and property rights. Legislation that updates the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws (SB 8) passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote of 39-10.  SB 8 would move Pennsylvania closer to a smarter 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. This legislation also provides procedures for Pennsylvanians to get their property back pre-forfeiture when its loss would …

Pennsylvania is Buzzing About Bipartisan Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, Pennsylvanians are reading about just how strong the support is across the Commonwealth for bipartisan justice reform. Sens. Stewart Greenleaf, Scott Wagner joined with Sen. Anthony Williams, Rep. Jordan Harris and the U.S. Justice Action Network to unveil a new poll that shows a mandate from Pennsylvania voters for just-announced clean slate legislation and other reform policies. Read more here:  Philly Inquirer: Blue, red, urban, rural — Pennsylvania voters back help for ex-offenders “Pennsylvanians — Republicans, Democrats, Philadelphians, suburbanites, people from upstate and mid-state Pennsylvania — overwhelmingly believe that the state’s legislature and criminal justice system need to do more to help ex-offenders keep from committing another crime, according to a …

Senator Wagner Joined by Sens. Greenleaf, Williams, Rep. Harris and U.S Justice Action Network, Announces New Legislation to Reduce Recidivism and Grow Pennsylvania’s Workforce

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

**VIEW FULL RESULTS OF THE POLL HERE** Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Justice Action Network released a new poll of Pennsylvania voters that shows overwhelming bipartisan support for reforms to the state’s justice system. Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, the poll shows that Republican, Democratic, and Independent voters strongly favor breaking down barriers to help those with a criminal record towards a productive, law-abiding life so they do not return to prison, including sealing criminal records for certain offenses.  The results of the poll come as Sen. Scott Wagner announced he was introducing Senate Bill 529, otherwise known as “Clean Slate” legislation, that would automatically seal the records for …

USJAN Applauds PA Senate Judiciary Committee for Passing ‘Clean Slate’ Legislation

James Ringland News, Pennsylvania

May 10, 2016 Pennsylvania is one step closer to becoming the first state in the country to pass groundbreaking legislation that will automatically seal criminal records for minor offenses after a certain crime-free period. The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 1197, legislation that would enable the automatic sealing of records, as opposed to having to file individual expungement petitions that have to be approved by a court. The U.S. Justice Action Network helped introduce the legislation alongside bill sponsors Sen. Scott Wagner and Sen. Anthony Williams, Republican and Democratic leaders from both chambers, law enforcement leaders, and other advocacy groups. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “We applaud Pennsylvania …