FAIR CHANCE ACT BECOMES FEDERAL LAW ONE YEAR AFTER PASSAGE OF GROUNDBREAKING FIRST STEP ACT

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President Trump signs the Fair Chance Act, one of the final criminal justice reform priorities of the late Congressman Elijah Cummings  Justice Action Network President & Executive Director Holly Harris released the following statement after the Fair Chance Act is signed into law:  “The President’s signature on the Fair Chance Act this holiday season is a gift to the tens of millions of Americans living with the stigma of a criminal record, many of whom have a hard time finding work,” said Justice Action Network President and Executive Director Holly Harris. “Tonight’s bill signing comes one year to the day that the House passed the First Step Act, which freed thousands of …

THE FAIR CHANCE ACT HEADED TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DESK AFTER SENATE PASSES NDAA IN BIPARTISAN 86-8 VOTE; BILL IS TRIBUTE TO LATE CHAIRMAN CUMMINGS

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One Year After the First Step Act Was Signed into Law, Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Continues Justice Action Network President & Executive Director Holly Harris released the following statement applauding the Senate for passing the Fair Chance Act in today’s bipartisan NDAA vote: “Today is a significant step forward for millions of Americans struggling with the stigma of a criminal record,” said Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris. “Thanks to bipartisan efforts of Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Doug Collins, and the late Chairman Elijah Cummings, one more barrier to jobs is torn down, making our economy stronger and our communities safer. “We look forward to President Trump signing …

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES THE FAIR CHANCE ACT IN LANDSLIDE BIPARTISAN 377-48 VOTE, HONORING THE LEGACY OF CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS

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Justice Action Network Federal Legislative and Policy Director Inimai Chettiar released the following statement applauding passage of the Fair Chance Act as part of the NDAA today, and urging swift action in the Senate.  “The Fair Chance Act represents the legacy of civil rights icon Congressman Elijah Cummings and his willingness to put people above partisanship to reform our broken justice system. We are encouraged to see the House pass one of the final bills sponsored by this American hero in a landslide bipartisan 377-48 vote, as thousands of returning citizens seek jobs. Chettiar continued, “The Fair Chance Act represents a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation in Washington where members from …

BACK TO BACK WINS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM & BIPARTISANSHIP

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ONE YEAR AFTER FIRST STEP ACT, FEDERAL MEASURE INCLUDED IN NDAA BANS THE BOX FOR FEDERAL JOB APPLICANTS – MAJOR BOOSTS FOR REENTRY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & FIGHTING RECIDIVISM  After months of intense negotiations, the Fair Chance Act now appears as sec. 1121-1124 in the NDAA conference report, which goes up for a vote in Congress this week “The Fair Chance Act is a signature achievement for bipartisan cooperation, and more importantly, for the more than seventy million Americans who struggle with the stigma of a criminal record,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “So much talent is wasted in this country when employers summarily dismiss people with …

ICYMI: FIRST STEP LEADS TO NEXT STEP – FAIR CHANCE ACT FLIES THROUGH HOUSE; CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM MOMENTUM BUILDS AHEAD OF 2020

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Justice Action Network & Key Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Applaud House Passage of the ‘Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act of 2019’ Bipartisan Legislation Opens Doors to Jobs For the Formerly Incarcerated (Washington, DC) – Today, the Fair Chance Act, sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Elijah Cummings, passed in the House of Representatives as an amendment to another legislative vehicle. This critical legislation would lead to increased job opportunities and a crucial lifeline for justice-involved individuals by postponing federal government and federal contractor requests for criminal history from job applicants until the applicant has received a conditional offer of employment. This landmark legislation comes just six months after …