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Press Release

FreedomWorks Authors Issue Brief Addressing Occupational Licensure Reform for the Formerly Incarcerated

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FreedomWorks released today its issue brief entitled,“Reducing Occupational Licensure as an Obstacle for the Formerly Incarcerated.” Occupational licensure requirements are a major impediment to the formerly incarcerated who strive to reenter society and the economy as productive, law-abiding citizens. FreedomWorks’ Senior Policy Analyst Josh Withrow commented:

01/14/2020
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Issue Analysis

Issue Brief: Reducing Occupational Licensure as an Obstacle for the Formerly Incarcerated

The number of jobs that require a government-approved license has exploded in just the past few decades. This increase in occupational licensure is problematic in its own right, as it reduces competition and access to jobs for those who cannot afford the time and/or money it takes to acquire a license to work.

01/10/2020
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Senate Passage of the Fair Chance Act in the NDAA Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Senate’s passage of the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020, which included an important criminal justice reform measure, the Fair Chance Act, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ vice president of legislative affairs, commented:

12/17/2019
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Passage of the 2020 NDAA Conference Report Including Fair Chance Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the House's passage of the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020, which includes an important criminal justice reform measure, the Fair Chance Act, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/11/2019
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Pennsylvania House Judiciary committee’s passage today of multiple bills dealing with criminal justice reform, including expungement, occupational licensing, and probation reform, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/09/2019
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Op-ed Placement

First Step, Second Chances

BY Jason Pye

The momentous criminal justice bill passed last year, the First Step Act, is already bearing fruit. Thousands of nonviolent offenders tried under federal laws and sentenced to obscenely long sentences with no chance of parole are closer to breathing free air again. Earlier this year, more than 2,200 federal prison inmates were released and many more have had their sentences significantly reduced.

11/14/2019
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Issue Analysis

FreedomWorks Foundation Releases Updated Version of From High Seas to Highway Robbery

In July 2015, FreedomWorks Foundation published an issue brief, From High Seas to Highway Robbery: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Became One of the Worst Forms of Government Overreach, which documented the history of civil asset forfeiture and how it came to be used so frequently. In the more than four years since the publication of this issue brief, several states have passed reforms to protect innocent individuals from civil asset forfeiture. There has also been a case at the Supreme Court that touches on the issue.

11/11/2019
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Rev. C.L. Bryant in FoxNews.com: More Black Americans Should Support Trump – He’s Done More For Us Than Democrats Have

BY C.L. Bryant

President Trump launched an initiative called Black Voices for Trump with a speech in Atlanta Friday to recruit and engage the black community. I am proud to be one of the founding members of the group.

11/11/2019
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Blog

FreedomWorks Urges House Members to Support H.R. 4018

The First Step Act has seen success since its passage in December 2018, but much more work remains to be be done at the federal level on criminal justice reform. Several bipartisan bills have been introduced to bring second chances to the formerly incarcerated, including the Fair Chance Act, S. 387 and H.R. 1076; the Clean Slate Act, H.R. 2348; and legislation to expand apprenticeships, H.R. 4369.

11/08/2019
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Blog

Violent Crime Dropped in 2018 to the Second-Lowest Point Since 1991

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released its annual crime statistics report. There hasn’t been much media coverage of the report, but it does show the violent crime rate in 2018 was at its second-lowest point since this particular crime metric peaked in 1991. Generally, crime rates fell across the board compared to 2017.

10/07/2019

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