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

CRIME SURVIVORS PRAISE MICHIGAN HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILLS REDUCING BARRIERS FOR VICTIM SUPPORT  

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House of Representatives today granted final passage to crucial reforms expanding support for crime victims, passing by a vote of TK-TK. House Bills 4674-467, sponsored by State Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian) and Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland) , passed with bipartisan support and will now be considered by the Senate. The legislation increases support for crime victims by allowing all crime victims in need to access victim compensation, expands victim compensation coverage to account for actual costs resulting from crime victimization, and increases how much time crime victims have to apply for help. This legislation, which is part of the Safer Michigan Act package of public safety bills, is supported by members of the business and faith communities, as well as crime survivors throughout the state. 

GOVERNOR DEWINE SIGNS SB 36, EXPANDING ACCESS TO VICTIM SUPPORT AND HELPING STOP CYCLES OF CRIME

COLUMBUS – In a victory for Ohio crime survivors, Governor Mike DeWine signed into law today SB 36, reducing barriers to the state’s victim compensation program and helping to end cycles of crime. The legislation passed the legislature with bipartisan support and has been strongly supported by crime victims, including the Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), since 2018. Together with bill sponsor Chair Senator Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville), ASJ worked to incorporate the voices of crime survivors and address their needs in reforms that will expand access to critical services for victims. This victory builds on ASJ’s work with elected leaders to launch Trauma Recovery Centers, which provide comprehensive medical, mental, and legal assistance to victims to help them recover after a crime. 

Public Safety, Business & Civil Rights Organizations Urge Biden Administration to Ensure Tens of Millions of Americans with Old Criminal Records Can Earn Jobs Created by Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Public safety, business, and civil rights leaders released a letter today urging the Biden Administration to ensure that the tens of millions of Americans with old criminal records are able to participate in the employment opportunities created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The letter, organized by Alliance for Safety and Justice, outlines steps that the Administration can take to guarantee that people with past records can earn jobs created by the legislation as a way to maximize its economic and public safety impacts. Over two dozen organizations signed the letter: they include criminal justice organizations, crime victim groups like the National Alliance of Trauma Recovery Centers, and violence prevention programs such as Cure Violence, as well as civil rights organizations, including the National Urban League. 

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.

Multimedia

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.