Judges Seek Changes To Drug Sentencing Bill

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Press, Uncategorized

–Gongwer News Service Members of the judiciary spoke out Wednesday against a Senate priority bill to overhaul the state’s drug sentencing laws. The measure (SB 3) is too lenient on dangerous drugs like cocaine and opioids, according to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge David Matia, who provided interested party testimony on behalf of the Ohio Judicial Conference. Judge Matia also took issue with the proposition that a felony conviction is a barrier to employment. “The reason that some people with felonies cannot find work is that they have an incomplete education, many jobs are too far away from a bus line, they lack the motivation to get up in …


Syrita Bowen News, Oklahoma, Press, Uncategorized

House Bill 1373 Significantly Expands Employment, Second Chance Opportunities for those With Criminal Records; Heads to Governor Kevin Stitt for Signature (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) – Today, the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved House Bill 1373, landmark legislation that significantly expands occupational licensing opportunities for those with unrelated criminal records. The bill was approved with a 90-2 vote in the House after a unanimous 42-0 vote in the Senate. It now heads to Governor Kevin Stitt for his signature. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Zack Taylor (R-District 28) and Senator Julie Daniels (R-District 29), and endorsed by Governor Stitt, will open new doors to employment for those with criminal records by requiring state entities …


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AN HISTORIC MOMENT FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM  U.S. SENATE PASSES FIRST STEP ACT WITH 87-12 VOTE; LEGISLATION EXPECTED TO FLY THROUGH HOUSE, HEAD TO POTUS’S DESK  Cotton & Kennedy Poison Pill Amendments Overwhelmingly Defeated on Bipartisan Basis; (Washington, D.C.) Tonight, the Senate passed the most comprehensive criminal justice reform bill in a generation, the First Step Act, with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 87-12. The groundbreaking prison and sentencing reform bill was supported by senators on both sides of the aisle, the majority of voters, and a number of distinguished groups including the Fraternal Order of Police, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The National Governor’s Association, The National Association of Manufacturers, …

Bipartisan Leaders Discuss Justice Reform at Minnesota State Capitol

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On Monday, April 23rd, leaders from across the political spectrum are participating in a forum on criminal justice reform at the Minnesota State Capitol. Panelists: U.S. Representative Jason Lewis (MN-2) Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter Inver Grove Heights Police Chief Paul Schnell Moderator: Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network

WATCH: #Huddle4Justice

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You may think football and criminal justice reform have nothing in common, but they actually share one important quality: they bring people together. And with the Super Bowl just a day away, we thought we would have a little fun bringing together our “unlikely allies.” This video from our partners—both Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative—highlights how people who agree on little else can come together and #Huddle4Justice . We hope this video reminds you that states like Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota are advancing the ball on criminal justice reform. And they’re doing it with support from groups as different as the ACLU of Kentucky and the Pegasus Institute. And today they …