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As House Transmits Bill to Governor’s Office, Over 400 Florida Crime Survivors Send Letter to Governor DeSantis & Legislature, Urging Historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill Be Signed

Today, after the Florida Legislature officially transmitted HB 7125 for consideration by the Governor’s office, Florida crime victims from Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida State Legislature, urging the historic criminal justice reform bill be signed into law.

Illinois State Leaders and Justice Reform Advocates Celebrate Signing of Most Equity & Justice-Oriented Marijuana Legalization Passed by a State Legislature, Providing Relief to Hundreds of Thousands of Illinois Residents

Bill is first of any state legislature in nation to establish recreational sale and includecomprehensive expungement provisions and funding for communities hardest hit by drug war.

Ohio Crime Survivors, Advocates Celebrate State’s National Leadership in Addressing Trauma as Safety Issue through DeWine-Led Creation & Expansion of Trauma Recovery Centers

Advocates and crime victims worked with Gov. DeWine to ensure Ohio has second-highest number of centers of any state in nation to meet recovery needs of crime victims.

Advocates Applaud Gov. Whitmer for Signing Parole Reform Laws for Medically Frail Prisoners

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed new legislation to overhaul the state’s medical parole process. The laws, HB 4129-4132, were passed overwhelmingly by the Michigan House and Senate and allow the state to parole seriously ill and “medically frail” prisoners. It would permit them to obtain care at medical facilities and nursing homes instead of prisons, saving the state millions in taxpayer dollars.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Applauds Texas House of Representatives for Supporting Reforms to Probation System

The Texas House of Representatives today passed criminal justice reform legislation that will prioritize rehabilitation over incarceration, a position supported and applauded by the Alliance For Safety and Justice (ASJ) and crime survivors across Texas.

Crime Survivors Help Pass Criminal Justice Reform in Florida

Criminal justice reforms, which both reduce incarceration and improve safety, were advanced in partnership with crime victims.

Crime Survivors’ Criminal Justice Reform Agenda Passes Florida House

“Florida is in the midst of passing one of the most significant pieces of justice reform in the state’s past 20 years, the result of House leadership’s historic partnership with crime victims to advance a safety and justice agenda,” said Robert Rooks, Vice President of Alliance for Safety and Justice. 

Alliance for Safety and Justice to Florida House: Thank you for supporting crime survivors

HB 7125, which establishes new safety priorities for Florida, passes the House’s Appropriations Committee.

Report: 4 in 10 Texans are Victims of Crime; 9 out of 10 Violent Crime

Findings released as nation observes Crime Victims’ Rights Week April  7-13, 2019

Alliance for Safety and Justice & Crime Survivors Applaud Rep. Renner for Smart Justice Reforms to Improve Safety

JDC 19-02, which establishes new safety priorities for Florida, passes the House’s Judiciary Committee unanimously

New Report Reveals Why Ohio Prison System Has Not Met Projected Reductions & Costs Continue to Rise, with Expected $2 Billion DRC Budget in Next Budget Cycle

report issued today by the Alliance for Safety and Justice, The Buckeye Institute, and Americans for Prosperity highlights the Ohio Legislature’s important steps on criminal justice reform in the past and reveals why projected prison population decreases have still lagged in the state.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Applauds State Senators for Continuing to Prioritize Drug Sentencing and Justice Reform in SB3

The Alliance for Safety and Justice issued the following statement in response to the Ohio Senate’s press conference and hearing on Senate Bill 3, a drug sentencing and justice reform proposal.

New Video Captures Historic Day of Voter Registration in Florida Following Amendment 4

On Tuesday, January 8, more than 1.4 million Floridians with a past felony conviction regained the eligibility to vote, the result of voters approving Amendment 4 to the Florida constitution this past November.

IL Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Criminal Justice Best Practices Act into Law

Monday afternoon, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 1607, the Criminal Justice Best Practices Act, into law. This measure, sponsored by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) and Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), introduces best practices to facilitate re-entry for individuals leaving incarceration and reduce recidivism and follows on the heels of the passage of the Neighborhood Safety Act in 2017.

Legislators & Advocates Applaud Governor Snyder Signing Objective Parole Bill into Law

Legislation that allows the Michigan Parole Board to grant parole based on objective factors was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Launches “Time Done” Campaign with TV Ad in Florida

The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), in partnership with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, launched a new television ad running statewide in Florida.

Gov. Kasich Signs Bill to Help Stop the Cycle of Crime in Ohio

The bipartisan legislation known as SB66 was signed into law by Governor Kasich this summer and represents a balanced approach to public safety.

First-Ever Survey of Michigan Crime Survivors Finds Majority Want More Funding on Prevention and Less Focus on Punishment

Despite popular assumptions that victims support long prison sentences, the vast majority of crime survivors in Michigan believe the criminal justice system invests too little in rehabilitation and treatment and focuses too much on punishment.

OH House Passes Legislation to Stop the Cycle of Crime

The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), one of the nation’s leading criminal justice reform organizations praised the passing of SB 66 in the Ohio House of Representatives. Passing SB 66 was one of ASJ’s top priorities for the year. The bill must now go back to the Senate for final passage.

Diverse Survivors of Crime Step Forward as New Political Constituency on Criminal Justice and Public Safety Policy

Today, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, a flagship project of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, announced a national expansion of their organizing effort to bring together diverse survivors of crime and amplify survivors’ voices in criminal justice and public safety policy.

Michigan launches first trauma recovery center in Flint for victims of violent crime

Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced a $365,927 grant to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich. to establish a trauma recovery center, becoming the third state in the nation to create a network of trauma recovery centers to support victims of violent crime.

Diverse Leaders React to Ohio Governor Kasich’s Signing of State Budget, Including Criminal Justice Reforms

Today, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the 2018-2019 state budget, which includes provisions to reduce the number of people in state prison in the top incarcerating counties and to reduce incarcerations due to technical probation violations, while also investing dollars in local programming and incentivizing rehabilitation by expanding access to earned credit.

New Survey: Ohioans Support Criminal Justice Reform

Key findings from a recent public opinion survey of representative Ohio voters were released today showing voters’ strong support for criminal justice reforms that reduce the number of people in state prison for low-level offenses.

Illinois Governor Rauner Signs Bipartisan Neighborhood Safety Act Into Law

Today, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2872, the Neighborhood Safety Act, into law. This groundbreaking law will help stop the cycle of crime by expanding access to trauma recovery services for crime victims, incentivizing inmates to participate in rehabilitation programs including life skills, job training and substance abuse treatment, and expanding judicial discretion for some sentencing decisions.

Attorney General DeWine Announces $2.6 Million in Grants to Create Trauma Recovery Centers

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that he is awarding more than $2.6 million in grants to create five Trauma Recovery Centers in Ohio that will provide crisis intervention to hospitalized traumatic violent crime victims.

IL Takes Important First Step By Passing Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill

The nation has been watching the state of Illinois struggle with an increase in prison expenditures, an increase in violence in Chicago, and an increase in the number of victims needing treatment and trauma recovery.

First-Ever Survey of IL Crime Victims

A new, first-of-its-kind statewide survey released by the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) bucks conventional wisdom regarding the views of crime victims on incarceration.

Crime Survivors Speak

A new, first-of-its-kind national survey released by the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) bucks conventional wisdom regarding the views of crime victims on incarceration. Despite popular assumptions that victims support long sentences and prison expansion, the National Survey of Victims’ Views finds that victims would prefer the criminal justice system focus more on...