State Rep. Jim Cox: PA Must Reform Civil Forfeiture Laws

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Cox, a Republican representing the state’s 129th District, penned an op-ed in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer that calls on the Keystone State to reform its civil asset forfeiture laws. Excerpts below: We should not be balancing state and local law enforcement budgets on the backs of innocent property owners. And those whose property has been wrongly or unfairly forfeited should not have to spend thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees in an effort to get it back — and even then with no guarantee of success. Often it costs more to hire an attorney than the value of the property seized. The property is then permanently forfeited without a …

Fix Forfeiture Leads Drive to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture in Pennsylvania

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, the York Daily Record published a piece on Fix Forfeiture’s efforts to move forward civil asset forfeiture reform in Pennsylvania. Here is an excerpt of the piece: The leader of a relatively new national group looking to reform state civil asset forfeiture laws said her organization will “double down” its reform efforts in Pennsylvania. The group, Fix Forfeiture, is comprised of seven different organizations spanning political ideology. Those organizations are the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, FreedomWorks, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Center for American Progress, Right on Crime and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. It is currently fighting for changes in …

Focus Turns to Criminal Justice As Reform Efforts Get Underway in Pennsylvania

justiceaction News, Pennsylvania, Press

July 31, 2015 In Pennsylvania and around the country, the last few weeks have brought us closer than ever to addressing real criminal justice reform. On the heels of bipartisan calls by President Obama, Speaker Boehner and members of Congress from both parties for federal action, we’ve also seen meaningful steps taken right here at home. Kicking off its work in Pennsylvania, U.S. Justice Action Network brought state advocates and lawmakers from across the political spectrum together to work toward reform. The bipartisan coalition will push for concrete proposals to overhaul the system. One such proposal is State Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s bill that would make it easier for non-violent offenders …

Creating Bipartisan Solutions to Criminal Justice Reform in Pennsylvania

justiceaction News, Pennsylvania, Press

July 16, 2015 Leading groups on the left and right are joining forces in Pennsylvania for a new justice reform effort. “U.S. Justice Action Network is so encouraged by Pennsylvania leaders who have pledged to work with our organization, faith and business leaders, and local stakeholders to make the Commonwealth a national leader in criminal justice reform,” said Holly Harris, U.S. Justice Action Network Executive Director. “We must break down barriers for rehabilitated offenders who want to work and live productive lives.  Policies that offer clean slates for those who have earned them will decrease recidivism rates and save taxpayer dollars.” Senate Judiciary Chairman Stewart Greenleaf  (R-12), Senator Anthony Williams (D-8) …