Current Advocacy Efforts

Endless Criminal Justice Reform Advocacy

Our work never ends. We’re continuously advocating for individuals and families enmeshed in the criminal justice system.

Act Now

Iowa’s incarcerated people need your help! They need and deserve fair and legitimate medically-appropriate treatment and it is incumbent on us as fellow humans to see they receive such treatment. Sub-standard treatment should not be tolerated or perpetuated by the Iowa Department of Corrections, nor the state legislators of Iowa. Please contact your legislators on the Public Health and Judiciary Committees, contact the ACLU, and/or write letters to the editor. The following article in the Iowa Capitol Dispatch explains our outrage.

2024 Legislation

During the 2024 legislative session, our ally, the Reform Alliance, once again advocated for a very important probation reform bill that would expand education and employment credits for those serving probation, thus enabling them to more successfully reintegrate into the workforce. This is not only of benefit to the individuals involved but it also would have helped address the serious labor shortage in Iowa. Both economic and justice impacts existed, and while the legislation had bipartisan support and was passed in 2023 by the House, it did not make it out of the Senate that year. It’s reintroduction this year did not gain the needed support to move it forward. We hope to see this legislation reintroduced again next year.

Another positive bill was HR 594, which would have removed the restitution requirement for persons under 18 who commit homicide related to trafficking. This bill was first introduced in 2023, and ultimately referred to Judiciary. Unfortunately, it only made it as far as being placed on the calendar as HJ 234 in 2024.

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