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New National Survey Reveals Major Gaps in U.S. Public Safety System

Most crime victims and Americans with mental health issues  don’t receive support or treatment, according to a new nationwide survey released today, called “America’s Safety Gaps Survey.” Less than one-third of crime victims receive help following their victimization and less than half of Americans with a mental health or substance abuse issue receive treatment, a gap that undermines the ability to stop cycles of crime and the resulting harm.

Austin Crime Survivors Urge City Council to Prioritize Needs of Crime Victims in Upcoming City Budget

As the Austin City Council considers how it can address racism as a public health crisis, local crime survivors made an emotional plea Thursday for public safety funds to be redirected to establish Texas’ first trauma recovery center. The center would serve victims of violence, especially those from communities most harmed by crime and violence, who are disproportionately underserved. 

The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) applauded the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee for passing Senate Bill 3 today. The bipartisan legislation, which ASJ has advocated for over the past year-and-a-half, is now headed to the Ohio Senate floor for a vote. 

Illinois Forges New Approach to Public Safety Spending with Innovative Use of $20 Million in COVID-19 DOJ Stimulus Funds

As Criminal Justice Budgets Get New Scrutiny, New Report Shows How $850 Million for States, Typically for Law Enforcement, Can Fund Community-Based Public Safety Alternatives & Reentry - Exactly What Illinois Has Pioneered

REPORT: $850 Million in U.S. Justice Department COVID Funds Can Go to Violence Prevention, Crime Victim & Reentry Programs to Secure Health & Safety of Communities

Strained during Pandemic, Safety Solutions outside of Justice System Can Be Boosted with Millions in New Emergency Stimulus Funding

Clean Slate legislation passes Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee with Support of Crime Victims and Criminal Justice Reform Advocates

Today, the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee passed Clean Slate legislation. The legislation, supported by the Alliance for Safety and Justice,Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and many in the business community will help remove post-conviction barriers for Michigan residents.

As Senate Bill 3 Approaches Vote, Nonpartisan Agency’s Fiscal Impact Statement Estimates $75 Million Cost Savings & 2,700 Fewer People Sentenced to Prison

The Alliance for Safety and Justice highlighted a fiscal impact statement from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, indicating Senate Bill 3 would have positive results for taxpayers and the state’s severely overcrowded prison system. The nonpartisan agency’s analysis estimated that the legislation will produce up to $75 million in cost savings and 2,700 fewer people sentenced to prison each year for a low-level drug possession offense.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Calls for Immediate Passage of Senate Bill 3 Reduce Prison Overcrowding, Help People With Addiction Get Treatment

The Alliance for Safety and Justice called on the Ohio General Assembly to immediately pass Senate Bill 3 to make low-level drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony, reduce prison overcrowding and help people with addiction get treatment.

Jails and Prisons Make Up 8 of Top 10 Largest COVID-19 Outbreaks in U.S.

The Alliance for Safety and Justice released an estimate indicating that close to half of those incarcerated in the U.S. – nearly one million people – have a current chronic illness that could put them at increased risk to COVID-19. Research by the U.S. Department of Justice and The Pew Charitable Trusts suggest that approximately 40% of the 2.2 million people in jails and prisons have a chronic medical condition.

Jails and Prisons Have Become the Biggest Coronavirus Hotspots in the Country: 8 of the Top 10 Largest COVID-19 Outbreaks in U.S.

The Alliance for Safety and Justice released a fact sheet highlighting new data revealing the dramatic spread of COVID-19 throughout jails and prisons across the country, as well as solutions to stem its proliferation. According to recent data compiled by The New York Times, eight of the nation’s top 10 largest Coronavirus outbreaks are jails or prisons, with two Ohio prisons taking the top two spots.

Closing out National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Music Artists & Elected Officials Join Thousands of Crime Victims from across Country to Call for Renewed Attention to Crime Survivors during #SurvivorsSpeak Virtual Conference 

During the conference, members of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, a national network of over 42,000 crime survivors will urge support for the #StopTheSpread Action Plan that aligns with their priorities of prevention, rehabilitation, trauma recovery over more spending on over-incarceration. 

Alliance for Safety and Justice Urges Judges and Prosecutors to Help Gov. DeWine Prevent COVID-19 Spread, Address Nation’s Biggest Outbreak in Ohio

The Alliance for Safety and Justice urged judges and prosecutors in Ohio to help Gov. Mike DeWine prevent the spread of COVID-19 by taking action within their authority to reduce incarceration in state prisons. Sentencing judges in Ohio have the authority to initiate judicial release proceedings that can result in the release of people being held in state prisons who pose no substantial public safety risk. Ohio recently became the home of the country’s largest Coronavirus outbreak, with nearly 2,000 cases at the Marion Correctional Institution, a state prison in Marion.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Recognizes Action by Governor DeWine on Release of Limited Number of People from State Prison, Encourages Continued Progress to Safely Reduce Incarceration and Prevent COVID-19 Spread

In response to Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement that the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will recommend the release of a limited number of pregnant women and elderly people from state prison facilities, the Alliance for Safety and Justice released the following statement from its Ohio State Director, Shakyra Diaz.

Key Texas Legislators Host Virtual Town Hall with Crime Survivors and Advocates to Discuss Protecting Some of Texas’ Most Vulnerable Citizens During COVID-19

Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice and advocates discuss challenges faced by providers of emergency housing and other critical services, release survey to identify needs of vulnerable communities

Alliance for Safety and Justice and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice Call for Governor DeSantis to Prevent COVID-19 Spread by Supporting Vulnerable Communities

The largest criminal justice reform group in the country, Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice (CSSJ), a national network of over 42,000 crime survivors, called for Florida to take action in support of vulnerable communities to stop the spread of Coronavirus throughout the state. In letters sent to Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday, the groups urged him to deepen support for critical services that vulnerable Floridians rely on to be healthy and safe, while safely reducing unnecessary incarceration as a path to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Criminal Justice Reform Leaders & Crime Survivor Network Praise Gov. Pritzker For His Response to COVID-19, Recommend Further Steps to Protect Vulnerable Populations in Illinois

Leaders with Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice praised Governor J.B. Pritzker for his leadership in Illinois’ COVID-19 response, while highlighting additional steps that can help protect vulnerable populations to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. The groups especially noted the attention Governor Pritzker has paid to supporting essential health and social services as well as incarcerated individuals.

Criminal Justice Reform Leaders & Crime Survivor Network Praise Michigan Gov. Whitmer For Executive Order Protecting Vulnerable Communities from COVID-19 with Smart Justice System Policies

Leaders with Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) and Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice applaud Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to protect those working at Michigan’s correctional facilities along with at risk populations in prisons, jails and detention centers across the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Releases Video Highlighting Broad Support for Senate Bill 3’s Reforms to Better Address Addiction

The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) released a new video of key Ohio stakeholders from the state legislature, law enforcement, and advocacy and policy organizations urging support for the reforms in Senate Bill 3.

Leading into Democratic Presidential Debate, Advocates Point to CA as Model of Criminal Justice Reforms That Candidates Have Proposed

Ahead of tonight’s Democratic Presidential debate in Los Angeles, advocates pointed to the State of California as a prime example of a state that has successfully implemented criminal justice reforms to reduce incarceration and improve public safety.

Alliance for Safety and Justice & Partners to Launch Ad Campaign in Support of Ohio Bill to Address Addiction during Ohio State-Michigan and Browns-Steelers Games

The campaign will begin with a 60-second commercial during the Ohio State-Michigan and Cleveland Browns-Pittsburgh Steelers football games, detailing the story of a Seville, Ohio father who lost his son to an overdose after receiving a felony conviction for low-level, simple drug possession.

Pew Study Shows Drug Problems Not Solved by Imprisonment, Ohio Data Shows Overdoses Not Reduced by Felony Convictions & Incarceration

Citing a Pew Charitable Trust issue brief - More Imprisonment Does Not Reduce State Drug Problems - released last year that found more imprisonment does not reduce state drug problems, the Alliance for Safety and Justice expressed support for state lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 3 to better address Ohio’s addiction epidemic and improve the health and safety of communities across the state.

Criminal Justice Reform Leaders Praise Introduction of New Legislation

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...