Today, Meek Mill, Wallo267, Jessica Jackson, and Erin Haney of the REFORM Alliance team joined Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey as he announced a historic effort to issue “systematic, category-driven” clemencies on Juneteenth. The new clemency process is expected to break statewide records.

It represents a significant leap forward in our ongoing efforts to reform the criminal justice system. It aims to provide a second chance to those who have been unjustly impacted by outdated policies, including victims of domestic violence, individuals serving outdated sentences while on supervision, nonviolent offenders, and many others deserving of a fairer path forward.

Governor Murphy’s bold approach underscores a commitment to justice reform that prioritizes rehabilitation and community reintegration. By streamlining the clemency process, this initiative seeks to restore hope, dignity, and opportunity to countless lives across New Jersey.

We commend Governor Murphy for his leadership and vision in spearheading this initiative. His actions today not only set a new precedent for justice in our state but also inspire hope for a more equitable future.

“As we celebrate Juneteenth and reflect on our nation’s ongoing journey toward racial justice for Black and Brown Americans, I am proud to sign this Executive Order to help address inequities and unfairness in our system of justice in New Jersey,” said Governor Murphy. “This new clemency initiative is a cornerstone of our Administration’s efforts to make New Jersey the State of Second Chances. Today, we pledge to take a responsible and equity-driven approach to pardons and commutations that will prioritize the most compelling cases.”