IN THE NEWS

Editorial: No, criminals aren’t rampaging across California because of our zero-dollar bail policy

California’s emergency zero-dollar bail order does not force officials to turn criminals loose on the public.

Press

Ohio Police Leaders Call for Passage of Senate Bill 3

Newtown Police Chief Tom Synan and Miamisburg Ret. Asst. Police Chief Thomas N. Thompson expressed their support for Senate Bill 3, submitting testimony to the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee that is considering the bill. Senate Bill 3 would make low-level drug possession a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Victory for Crime Survivors as Senate Bill 369 Passes with Backing of Ohio Leaders & Public Safety Groups

The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) applauds the Ohio Senate for passing Senate Bill 369, removing barriers to victims compensation and recovery support faced by crime victims. The legislation, which ASJ has advocated for over the past two years, is a landmark win for crime survivors and public safety across the state. Senate Bill 369 amends eligibility requirements for crime victims to better access support from the state’s victim compensation program.   

Governor Whitmer Signs Clean Slate Legislation to Automate Clearance of Old Records Passed with Support of Crime Victims and Advocates

Today, Governor Whitmer signed the bipartisan Clean Slate legislation to reduce the bureaucracy related to clearing old legal records that can block Michigan residents from opportunity. The legislation, supported by the Alliance for Safety and Justice, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, and many in the business community will automate the expungement of certain criminal records after several years.

My main takeaway is that criminal justice reform is continuing to advance public safety” 

 

ARE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS MAKING THE STATE SAFER?

 Tim Arango and Charles McDermid

Blogs

Florida Is Just a Start

How the rest of the country can take the Sunshine State’s lead and embrace second-chance criminal justice reform.

Will Florida’s Ex-Felons Finally Regain the Right to Vote?

A referendum on the November ballot in Florida would re-enfranchise 1.5 million citizens — and could change the state’s electorate.

IN THE NEWS

CRIME SURVIVORS LOBBY LAWMAKERS FOR REFORM, MORE ASSISTANCE

The Columbus Dispatch: Hundreds of survivors of crime gathered Wednesday at the Statehouse for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice’s inaugural “Survivors Speak Ohio” event to advocate for criminal-justice reform and help for crime victims.

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Corrections Spending Increased 13 Times More Than Education Spending

Cleveland 19 News (CBS): The survey shows crime victims want better services and rehabilitation programs instead of long prison sentences. Robert Rooks is the Vice President of Alliance for Safety and Justice…

The Source: New Survey Shows Victims Of Crime Less Likely To Support Long Sentences, Incarceration

Texas Public Radio: President Obama commuted the sentence of a record breaking 214 federal prisoners. The move marks another in the continuing signs that the United States is rethinking how we accomplish justice and public safety…

How Do Crime Victims View Incarceration?

Sirius XM Progress: Ari Rabin-Havt speaks with Lenore Anderson, President, Alliance for Safety and Justice about their new report on crime victims. The Agenda with Ari Rabin-Havt airs live nationally, Monday through Friday, 6:00am – 9:00am ET on SiriusXM Progress, channel 127.

In the News

What We Need To Curb Violence In The U.S. (And It Isn’t More Prisons And Policing)

In reaction to increased violence in some American cities this summer, we’re witnessing the old familiar responses. As Chicago experienced record murders, President Donald Trump announced he would send in federal forces while the city’s police department sought to flood neighborhoods with cops. But these policing-focused efforts will not stop the cycle of violence so that everyone is safe. No one understands this better than the people who live in the communities that actually face the violence ― including those, like me, who have been victims.

In efforts to prevent mass violence, don’t discount needs of victims

The Odessa American: We have an opportunity for state leaders, community health officials and crime victims to partner in launching centers that help ensure our communities are safe and healthy. We achieve that when survivors can access the resources and support they need to recover.

Florida voters prove Americans can put ‘people over politics’

The Hill: While political morass in Washington has our federal government shut down with no end in sight, something special and far different has been happening in Florida.