WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today as North Carolina raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 15 to 17:
“We congratulate North Carolina legislators on both sides of the aisle for raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 17 for those charged with misdemeanors and lower level felonies. This is an important first step in catching North Carolina up to the rest of the country and following the extensive research that has long confirmed that prosecuting youth in the adult criminal justice system results in poor outcomes for these children and for public safety.
“Public safety experts and advocates from across the political spectrum have lobbied to raise the age in North Carolina for many years. We applaud their commitment and we hope this common sense and research-backed criminal justice reform is followed by many more.”
FWD.us is proud to have aided North Carolina’s Raise the Age effort with government relations support.
SACRAMENTO — FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today as Governor Brown signed the State Budget, which includes funding to ensure fair legal representation for California’s immigrants:
“FWD.us commends Governor Jerry Brown, the State Legislature and organizations like the California Immigrant Policy Center and California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance who have worked tirelessly to uphold our shared American values and protect the rights of all Californians with this funding in the State Budget, which will provide access to legal aid for immigrants who are detained or tried in court. Now, more than ever, every state has a responsibility to uphold the constitutional rights of those within its borders, which includes the right to fair due process under the law. Whether the accused is native-born or an immigrant, they have a right to legal counsel before a judgment is rendered.
As the state that’s home to one in every four immigrants living in the U.S. – as well as the sixth largest economy in the world – California is acutely aware of the enormous contributions of immigrants to the lives of all Californians, and to their economy. While we continue our work to fix our broken immigration system by passing commonsense legislative reform through Congress, we are heartened by California taking this crucial step to protect the constitutional rights for the estimated ten million immigrants within its borders.”
This year, the State Legislature passed budget legislation Assembly Bill 105, authorizing $45 million in funding for the Department of Social Services to contract with nonprofit legal service organizations to provide legal counsel and services to California immigrants in need.
FWD.us Statement on Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today on the enactment of sweeping reforms to Louisiana’s criminal justice system that will reduce the prison population by 10 percent and save the state $262 million.
“With this bipartisan legislation, today Louisiana has set a new bar for leadership in justice reform. We applaud Governor John Bel Edwards, Speaker Taylor Barras, Senate President John Alario, and the Louisiana State Legislature for their work in service of a smarter, fairer, and more cost-effective criminal justice system. We thank community champions like Flozell Daniels, Gene Mills, and Jay LaPeyre for reminding Louisiana’s policy makers that criminal justice reform is a priority for crime victims, faith communities, businesses, families impacted by incarceration, and taxpayers across the state. This landmark reform marks a new day for Louisiana .”
FWD.us is proud to have aided Louisiana’s justice reinvestment effort with communications and government relations support and as a member of Smart On Crime Louisiana.
About FWD.us: FWD.us is a bipartisan organization started by key leaders in the tech and business community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy, starting with commonsense immigration reform and criminal justice reform.
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June 15, 2017
SCHULTE on DACA Anniversary: DACA Has Provided Incredible Benefits to 800,000 People and Our Nation
WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte released the following statement today on the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants temporary work authorization and protection from deportation to young undocumented individuals who entered the United States under the age of 16 and meet stringent background check requirements:
“The DACA program has enabled nearly 800,000 hardworking young Dreamers to come out of the shadows and live free from the fear of deportation, allowing them to contribute more fully to our communities and the American economy. With the work authorization DACA provides, nearly 90% of all recipients have earned a job, allowing more than one in ten to have purchased their first home and more than half of them to purchase a vehicle. Not only has this program allowed these young people to support their families, it has also allowed them to contribute to their local economy.
“Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle understand that DACA recipients are essential to our communities, working in fields like teaching and medicine, and serving bravely in our military. They add billions in GDP growth to our economy, creating American jobs and raising wages for all U.S. citizens. We should build on the important progress made over the last five years and permanently ensure that Dreamers and their families are able to continue to contribute to our communities and our country.”