Ensuring Social Justice
Eradicate racial bias from the criminal justice system to uphold principles of fairness and due process of law.
2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up
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This year we continued to support efforts to make our criminal justice system more equitable at each step of the process, beginning with arrest/pretrial detention, to sentencing and prison, and then to re-entry into society following release from prison. We also focused on issues surrounding the juvenile justice system. The legislature passed several important bills in these areas during the 2020 session, including legislation that (1) reduces the penalties for failure to appear at court hearings (HB 2231), (2) limits the use of private prisons and requires a study regarding their continued use (HB 2576/SB 6442), (3) creates a pilot program to streamline the process for reviewing and vacating criminal convictions (HB 2793), and (4) prohibits the use of juvenile solitary confinement (HB 2277) There is still more work to be done, however—bills banning the death penalty and automatically restoring voting rights to those convicted of felonies did not pass this year.
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Bills the League Supported That Have Been Signed Into Law
Bills the League Watched That Did Not Pass