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

Austin Crime Survivors Call On Local Officials To Fund Trauma Recovery Center For Victims Of Violence

As Austin communities experiencing the most violence have been further destabilized by the pandemic, more than 150 Austin crime survivors released a letter urging the City Council to allocate funding for a long-awaited trauma recovery center (TRC). The letter, organized by the Texas chapter of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, a project of Alliance for Safety and Justice, is the latest plea to city and county officials after the much-needed funding was not included in the 2021-2022 city budget.

Alliance for Safety and Justice Applauds House Committee Action to Support Crime Victims, Improve Community Safety

The Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) applauds the movement of key community violence intervention (CVI) funding through two key United States House of Representatives committees. Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed its provisions of the Build Back Better Act, including $2.5 billion in funding for CVI. The legislation’s subtitle containing CVI funding passed on a vote of 31-27. The House Judiciary Committee also passed budget reconciliation legislation on September 13 containing an additional $2.5 billion in CVI funding on a vote of 25-19.

In Advance of City Budget Hearing, New Report Urges Cities In Texas To Use ARP Funding to Support Victims and Promote Public Safety

With the Austin City Council accepting public comments on the city budget this week, the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ) today released a new report on how Texas cities can use American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to address the needs of crime victims and improve public safety. The new report provides analysis to help advocates, lawmakers, and stakeholders as localities begin determinations on how to use the $26 billion allocated to Texas as part of the ARP’s recovery funds. 

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.