Pew Study Shows Drug Problems Not Solved by Imprisonment, Ohio Data Shows Overdoses Not Reduced by Felony Convictions & Incarceration
November 1, 2019
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.
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
June 27, 2019
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
June 25, 2019
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
June 10, 2019
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.
May 24, 2019
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
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019
Criminal justice reforms, which both reduce incarceration and improve safety, were advanced in partnership with crime victims.
April 29, 2019
“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.
April 16, 2019
HB 7125, which establishes new safety priorities for Florida, passes the House’s Appropriations Committee.
April 11, 2019
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
April 9, 2019
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
March 27, 2019
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
March 6, 2019
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.
January 12, 2019
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.
January 10, 2019
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.
September 13, 2018
Legislation that allows the Michigan Parole Board to grant parole based on objective factors was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder.
September 6, 2018
The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), in partnership with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, launched a new television ad running statewide in Florida.
August 20, 2018
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
July 11, 2018
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.
June 27, 2018
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
November 14, 2017
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.
October 27, 2017
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
July 1, 2017
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.
June 22, 2017
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.
March 10, 2017
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.
January 31, 2017
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.
January 10, 2017
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.
August 5, 2016
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...