First-Of-Its-Kind ‘Clean Slate’ Bill Signed Into Law in Pennsylvania

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Press

Legislation Would Permit Records of Individuals Convicted of Low-Level, Nonviolent Misdemeanors To Be Automatically Sealed After 10 Years Without A New Conviction FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2018 Press Contact: press@justiceactionnetwork.org HARRISBURG, PA — The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system at the state and federal level, applauded Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf for signing the country’s first ‘Clean Slate’ law. ‘Clean Slate’ ensures automatic record sealing for individuals convicted of low-level, nonviolent misdemeanor offenses after 10 crime-free years. The ‘Clean Slate’ legislation received overwhelming support in both chambers, passing the House by a vote of 188-2 and the Senate, 49-0. “When Governor Wolf signed this …

Pennsylvania Policymakers Listen to Constituents, Protect Property Rights

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, the Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks Governor Tom Wolf for signing a bill to protect Pennsylvanians’ due process and property rights. After a unanimous vote in the House, and with the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will update the state’s civil asset forfeiture statutes by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the government when it seeks to forfeit property.  The new law also provides procedures for Pennsylvanians to get their property back pre-forfeiture when its loss would prove a hardship, and allows for a new avenue …

Legislation Delivered to Governor to Protect Pennsylvanian’s Property Rights

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and around the country, thanks the Pennsylvania legislature for protecting due process and upholding property rights by passing the first step towards badly needed civil asset forfeiture reforms. Today’s unanimous vote in the the House sends Governor Tom Wolf legislation that would transform and update current forfeiture statutes. With the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 8 will move Pennsylvania to a more effective forfeiture system by providing more protections for property owners, and increasing the burden of proof placed on the Commonwealth when they seek to forfeit property. The new law will also …

Bipartisan Advocates Praise Pennsylvania for Making Communities Safer by Removing Barriers for Those With a Criminal History

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

As the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves new “clean slate” legislation, the U.S. Justice Action Network– the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Pennsylvania and across the country– praises Senators Scott Wagner (R-28th) and Anthony Williams (D-8th), in addition to Representatives Sheryl Delozier (R-88th) and Jordan Harris (D-186th), for leading a bipartisan group of over 28 Senators and 40 Representatives sponsoring the new bills. SB 529 and HB 1419 would enable the automatic sealing of conviction histories for nonviolent misdemeanors, as opposed to having to file individual petitions, after a crime-free period of 10 years. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Today, leaders on the …

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

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, 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 …