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"New York is Reforming their Criminal Justice System"
"What do the policies of Texas and New York have in common in regards to Criminal Justice? Well NY is following suit after a decade of success in Texas of reforming their criminal justice system."
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New York is Reforming their Criminal Justice System

For every hundred American adults, there is one person behind bars. For every four out of ten released, it’s only a matter of three years until they are back in the prison system. This vicious cycle has become normalized because we have kept prison an institution of punishment for every offender, regardless of crime. Someone caught with a few ounces of marijuana should not be held to the same punishment as someone who has committed murder.

06/06/2017
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Support the RESET Act, S. 1252

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to call your senators and ask them to cosponsor the Reclassification to Ensure Smarter and Equal Treatment (RESET) Act, S. 1252, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The bill would reclassify several low-level felonies as misdemeanors, by lowering the prison time down to no greater than one year and no more than $1,000 for nonviolent drug offenses.

06/05/2017
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An Opportunity for a Second Chance

Justice reform has been a big issue over the past few years. One such issue that has been getting a lot of attention is how a prior criminal record can impact an individual in the future. For that reason, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have introduced the Renew Act, H.R. 2617, If passed, this bill would give young adults who had previously had committed a nonviolent first-offense a second chance.

05/24/2017
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Support the Renew Act, H.R. 2617

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to contact your representatives and urge them to cosponsor the Renew Act, H.R. 2617, introduced by Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). The bill would expand the qualifying age for expungement of a simple possession conviction for nonviolent, low-level, first-time drug offenders.

05/24/2017
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It's Time to Rethink Prisoner Re-Entry

BY Jason Pye and Udi Ofer

Six million, seven hundred forty-one thousand, four hundred.

05/23/2017
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FreedomWorks Applauds House Passage of Juvenile Justice Reform Act

Following the passage of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act, H.R. 1809, which reauthorizes and improves the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 1974, FreedomWorks Director of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs Jason Pye commented:

05/23/2017
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New Sentencing Memo Takes a Step Back on Justice Reform Efforts

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo in which he ordered federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties for nonviolent drug offenders. The result of this change in sentencing policy means more nonviolent e will be subject to mandatory minimum sentences.

05/15/2017
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FreedomWorks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Sentencing Memo

FreedomWorks director of public policy and legislative affairs, Jason Pye, released this statement following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' sentencing memorandum:

05/12/2017
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Support the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force Recommendations

On behalf of the FreedomWorks activist community in Louisiana, I urge you to support the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force’s policy recommendations. FreedomWorks has supported justice reinvestment initiatives at the state level and continues to urge state lawmakers to pursue these common sense policies that lower recidivism rates, save taxpayers money, and enhance public safety.

04/26/2017
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While Congress Stalls, Conservatives Are Scoring Big Wins at the State Level

As Congress returns from recess, we hold out hope that they will make better use of this session than the last one and work to fulfill their campaign promises. But even while politicians in the House and Senate were away from Washington this week, state legislatures remained active.

04/25/2017

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