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FreedomWorks Joins Nation’s Largest Transpartisan Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform

An unlikely alliance of progressive and conservative groups has formed to pursue an aggressive effort to reform America’s criminal justice system. The Coalition for Public Safety will be the largest national effort working to pursue comprehensive criminal justice reforms that will reduce jail and prison populations and associated costs, and end the systemic problems of over-criminalization and over-incarceration.

02/19/2015
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FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Proposed OPM Revision to Federal Hiring Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) proposed revision to the Declaration for Federal Employment form that would force prospective employees to disclose whether they were placed in a diversion program, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

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Sarah Anderson: President Trump and the GOP commit to second chances

BY Sarah Anderson

The White House held an event last week to kick off April as Second Chance Month. Of course, this means asking our country to embrace the idea that we should look at those currently or formerly incarcerated who have made mistakes -- even grave ones -- and realize that we will all be better off to give these individuals a second chance at a productive life.

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DOJ Offers a Mixed Bag Update on First Step Act Implementation

On Monday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) put out a release outlining its intentions for and the status of the implementation of the First Step Act. Signed into law on December 21, 2018, the First Step Act is a comprehensive overhaul of the federal prison system, run by the Bureau of Prisons. Certainly, it is encouraging to see the department taking affirmative steps toward implementing the law.

04/12/2019
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Support the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, H.R. 1895

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to cosponsor the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, H.R. 1895. Introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the FAIR Act would reform federal civil asset forfeiture laws to increase the evidentiary standard needed to subject property to permanent seizure and restore the presumption of innocence in federal civil forfeiture proceedings.

03/27/2019
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DC Takes Steps Toward Addressing Criminal Records

BY Sarah Anderson

Chatter around criminal justice reform opportunities continues loudly following the successful bipartisan federal First Step Act. States and localities alike are taking hard looks at ways to build common sense policies that further reform efforts around the country. It’s a rare area where bipartisanship exists.

03/06/2019
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Criminal Records Still Plague Reentry for Rehabilitated Offenders

As Congress reflects on its success in passing the First Step Act at the end of 2018, it must look toward ways to build on the existing momentum. The First Step Act was constructed to shift our justice system toward ensuring that we are incarcerating the right people for the right amount of time and that while people are incarcerated, our correctional system is using resources wisely to rehabilitate inmates. It makes steps toward reentry initiatives following incarceration by reauthorizing the Second Chance Act but leaves much still to be done in the space of breaking down barriers to reentry to allow rehabilitated inmates to be successful in society.

02/22/2019
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Time for Congress to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture After Court Ruling

BY Adam Brandon

Back in 2015, an eye-catching headline appeared in the news. “Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year,” the headline read. Think about that for a moment. That’s millions of dollars in cash, homes, and cars stolen not by burglars or carjackers, but by police departments across the country. What’s worse, most of the property has been seized from people who were not even charged with a crime. You’d think this was an anecdote from a former resident of the Soviet Union, but no, this is happening here in America, the land of the free.

02/21/2019
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A Small Victory Against Civil Asset Forfeiture at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court issued an opinion on Wednesday that is a shot across the bow of defenders of civil asset forfeiture. In a unanimous judgment, the justices incorporated the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment to the states. The Court didn’t rule on the dubious constitutionality of civil asset forfeiture, leaving that issue for another day.

02/20/2019
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FreedomWorks Statement in Response to SCOTUS Ruling Regarding Forfeiture

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Timbs v. Indiana that state governments cannot utilize forfeiture as a means to raise funds under the Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

02/20/2019

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