FWD.us Statement on Signing of Mississippi House Bill 387

Posted by FWD.us Press on 03/27/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us Senior Director of Criminal Justice Reform Zoë Towns issued the following statement today on the signing of Reentry & Employability Reforms (HB 387) in Mississippi:

“We applaud Governor Phil Bryant for signing HB 387 today to make urgently-needed reforms to the state’s criminal justice system. We congratulate the legislative leaders who championed this important bill including Senate President Tate Reeves (R), House Speaker Philip Gunn (R), Representative Andy Gipson (R), Representative Joel Bomgar (R), and Senator Jenifer Branning (R).

“While Mississippi has made strides in recent years in safely reducing crime and incarceration, significant challenges remain, including for those reentering the community from prison or jail. House Bill 387 will ease this transition and reduce recidivism by prohibiting the use of jail for nonpayment of fees and fines, allowing supervision officers to use video call technology to conduct check-ins with minimal disruption to employment, and expanding retroactive parole eligibility for individuals convicted of nonviolent crimes. Additionally, the bill will lay the groundwork for further reforms by establishing the Mississippi Sentencing Disparity Task Force.

“With the signing of HB 387, Governor Bryant has joined Mississippi legislators in redoubling the state’s commitment to building safer communities and stronger families. We hope this progress will also encourage speedy passage of two remaining criminal justice reform bills, SB 2841 and SB 2675, and look forward to celebrating these victories for and with all Mississippians.”

FWD.us Statement in Response to Reports that President Trump is unhappy with Omnibus Funding for the Border Wall

Posted by FWD.us Press on 03/21/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to reports the President is unhappy with the Omnibus now having what he deems insufficient funding for the wall, FWD.us President Todd Schulte says:

“Mr. President: you have repeatedly said you want to protect Dreamers. You have repeatedly said you want substantial increases in border security money, including wall funding. So this is simple and straightforward: instead of continually rejecting bipartisan deals because they don’t slash legal immigration levels, or insisting on excessive increases to interior immigration enforcement, say yes – and make the deal happen – to the obvious big, bipartisan deal that gives Dreamers the permanent protections you say you want for them and gives you the money needed to secure the border.”

FWD.us Statement on Mississippi House Bill 387

Posted by FWD.us Press on 03/14/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us Senior Director of Criminal Justice Reform Zoë Towns issued the following statement today on the passage of Reentry & Employability Reforms (HB 387) in Mississippi:

“We applaud Mississippi Senate President Tate Reeves (R), House Speaker Philip Gunn (R), Representative Andy Gipson (R), Representative Joel Bomgar (R), and Senator Jenifer Branning (R) for their leadership in passing House Bill 387, a bipartisan solution that makes urgently needed reforms to the state’s broken criminal justice system.

“While Mississippi has made strides in recent years in safely reducing crime and incarceration, significant challenges remain, including for those reentering the community from prison or jail. House Bill 387 will ease this transition and reduce recidivism by prohibiting the use of jail for nonpayment of fees and fines, allowing supervision officers to use video call technology to conduct check-ins with minimal disruption to employment, and expanding parole eligibility for those convicted of nonviolent crimes. Additionally, the bill will lay the groundwork for further critical reform, by creating the Mississippi Sentencing Disparity Task Force.

“With the passage of HB 387, Mississippi has doubled-down on its commitment to criminal justice reforms that build safer communities and foster stronger families. We look forward to the Governor’s signature, and celebrating this victory for and with all Mississippians.”

FWD.us Statement on Continued Effort by Reps. Valadao, Denham to Pass Legislation to Permanently Protect Dreamers

Posted by FWD.us Press on 03/14/2018

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us Communications Director Peter Boogaard issued the following statement today on the continued effort by Republican Reps. David Valadao and Jeff Denham to pass legislation to permanently protect Dreamers:

“We applaud the continued efforts of Reps. Valadao and Denham to pass legislation to permanently shield Dreamers from deportation. H.Res. 774, introduced today by both lawmakers, would force Congress to actually vote on four immigration proposals including the bipartisan USA Act, which would permanently protect Dreamers while enhancing border security.

“Only Congress can solve the urgent crisis facing Dreamers and millions of their loved ones, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Each day we wait is another day where many more DACA-recipients lose their work permits and critical deportation protections, placing them at risk of removal to countries they may not even remember. Dreamers are doing their jobs every day, and it’s time for Congress to step up and do theirs.”