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 …

Trump’s Call for Second Chances Clears the Runway for Congress

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Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Is Ready for Action   Washington, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Congress and across the country, issued the following statement following President Donald Trump’s call for justice reforms in his first State of the Union address: “This is the moment. There is no more cause to delay moving a criminal justice reform bill to the President’s desk,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “The President used the world’s grandest political stage to tell millions of Americans that opportunity should be extended to everyone, including those in our prisons. Legislation with broad, bipartisan …

Overwhelming Majority of Utah Voters Support Bail Reform: New Poll by Justice Action Network and Libertas Institute

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92% of Utahns Support the Use Of Data-Driven Risk Assessments in Pretrial Procedures 86% of Utahns Believe Judges Should Have Options Other Than Cash Bail for Pretrial Defendants SALT LAKE CITY – Today the Justice Action Network and Utah’s Libertas Institutereleased a new poll that shows the overwhelming majority of Utah voters support pretrial reform measures, such as giving judges options other than cash bail for defendants and utilizing data-driven risk assessments in pretrial procedures.The poll was conducted and released leading up to the start of the 2018 legislative session, which began Monday, January 22. The Utah court system is working to implement a risk assessment tool for judges to use …

JAN: Speaker Ryan Wants Justice Reform, So Let’s Vote

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Washington, D.C. – This morning, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan named criminal justice reform as a top priority for 2018 during an interview with CBS This Morning. The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system, expressed support and noted the momentum for reform at the federal level. “Speaker Ryan wants to pass justice reform in 2018, and it may not take much heavy lifting,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “This continues to be the one issue that unites the right and the left, and we are convinced the votes are there right now to pass sentencing and corrections …

House Shows Bipartisan Support for Curbing Civil Asset Forfeiture, Protecting Civil Liberties

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives approved important criminal justice reform amendments to 2018 spending legislation. These amendments would prohibit the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from implementing recent policy changes that would make it easier for state law enforcement to transfer seized property to the DOJ, potentially circumventing state laws governing civil asset forfeiture, and compel the DOJ to address the backlog of petitions related to certain federal civil forfeiture cases. Prior to the votes, the Justice Action Network joined a letter urging the House to take action in response to this policy change. Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network: “In a rebuke to the Justice …