Pennsylvania Policymakers Listen to Constituents, Protect Property Rights

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks Governor Tom Wolf for signing a bill to protect Pennsylvanians’ due process and property rights. After a unanimous vote in the House, and with the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will update the state’s civil asset forfeiture statutes by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the government when it seeks to forfeit property.  The new law also provides procedures for Pennsylvanians to get their property back pre-forfeiture when its loss would prove a hardship, and allows for a new avenue …

Senate Cleans the Slate for Pennsylvanians

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

Today, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that makes Pennsylvania the first state in the country to automatically seal criminal records of minor offenses. The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, applauded this accomplishment as a way to put people back to work and help them turn away from crime for good. If signed into law, Senate Bill 529 would allow for automatic sealing of certain low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors after ten years without subsequent reoffending, eliminating the need for individuals to petition the court.  Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network: “We should be doing everything in our …

Legislation Delivered to Governor to Protect Pennsylvanian’s Property Rights

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 legislature for protecting due process and upholding property rights by passing the first step towards badly needed civil asset forfeiture reforms. Today’s unanimous vote in the the House sends Governor Tom Wolf legislation that would transform and update current forfeiture statutes. With the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will move Pennsylvania to a more effective 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. The new law will also …

With Edwards’ Signature, Louisiana Lawmakers Achieve Victory for Public Safety

Syrita Bowen Louisiana, News, Uncategorized

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Louisiana and around the country, applauds leaders in Louisiana for enacting bipartisan policies to increase public safety and reduce incarceration rates. Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed House Bills 116, 249, 489, 519, and 681 and Senate Bills 220, 221, and 139,  designed to improve public safety by strengthening community supervision, reducing recidivism, and increasing alternatives to incarceration.  Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Louisiana is showing the rest of the country how it’s done. A broad, bipartisan coalition of legislators, advocates, faith leaders, and law enforcement officials worked together over the …

Ohio Continues Advancing Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Ohio, Uncategorized

Today the U.S. Justice Action Network (USJAN), the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Ohio and across the nation, congratulates the Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee on completing their work to identify significant reforms throughout the state’s criminal code that will keep communities safe by reducing those who head to prison and keeping others from returning. The reform package includes many of the policies supported by USJAN, such as diversion and treatment programs for minor drug crimes, expansion of parole and community release programs, and raising the threshold for felony theft. Several of these recommendations are already under consideration by the Legislature. Holly Harris, Executive Director, …