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

PENNSYLVANIA SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES BILL STRENGTHENING PROTECTIONS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS

“The physical and emotional trauma that results from victimization can at times seem insurmountable. The impact of violence can ripple across a survivor’s life, affecting their jobs, homes, families, and livelihoods. It is in these vulnerable moments when survivors need the most support to fully heal from violence."

Alliance for Safety and Justice Applauds the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

“The Bipartisan Safer Community Act is crucial and we applaud the leaders taking action to enact this legislation. This can be built upon to expand much needed support for victims of violence,” said Shakyra Diaz, Chief of Federal Advocacy for the Alliance for Safety and Justice.

PENNSYLVANIA CRIME VICTIMS PRAISE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL IMPROVING VICTIM COMPENSATION

“Being a crime victim can be an overwhelmingly traumatic experience, and people often need as much help as possible in their healing journey. True public safety isn’t possible unless you support crime victims, address trauma in communities, and address the root causes of crime. SB 708 brings Pennsylvania closer to achieving these goals and lifting up survivors when they need it most. We thank Senator Bartolotta for working with us to address victims’ needs, and we look forward to the legislature passing this bill to make Pennsylvania safer for all,” said Alexandra Abboud, local crime survivor and Pennsylvania state manager for Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice.

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.