Pennsylvania Reentry Council Offers Opportunity to Continue Efforts towards Criminal Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Uncategorized

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro convened the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council (PRC). The PRC will be made up of a bipartisan coalition of major stakeholders throughout the Commonwealth tasked with finding ways to improve reentry efforts, reduce recidivism, and educate Pennsylvanians about the challenges of the justice system. 

The U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and across the country, today applauded the convening of this group as a first step and called for real action to come from their work:

Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “We need to clear pathways to employment for people who are returning to their communities after incarceration, an important way to ensure they don’t return to prison or jail. We are encouraged that Governor Wolf and Attorney General Shapiro are taking the opportunity to improve public safety by introducing the Pennsylvania Reentry Council. While this is an important first step towards tackling reentry barriers in Pennsylvania, and continued study and collaboration will only serve to improve Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system, we hope to see the legislation resulting from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative effort introduced and quickly taken up by the Pennsylvania legislature. With 92% of Pennsylvanians supportive of reforms that remove employment barriers, now is the time to take action.”