Pennsylvania is Buzzing About Bipartisan Justice Reform

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

Today, Pennsylvanians are reading about just how strong the support is across the Commonwealth for bipartisan justice reform. Sens. Stewart Greenleaf, Scott Wagner joined with Sen. Anthony Williams, Rep. Jordan Harris and the U.S. Justice Action Network to unveil a new poll that shows a mandate from Pennsylvania voters for just-announced clean slate legislation and other reform policies. Read more here:  Philly Inquirer: Blue, red, urban, rural — Pennsylvania voters back help for ex-offenders “Pennsylvanians — Republicans, Democrats, Philadelphians, suburbanites, people from upstate and mid-state Pennsylvania — overwhelmingly believe that the state’s legislature and criminal justice system need to do more to help ex-offenders keep from committing another crime, according to a …

Senator Wagner Joined by Sens. Greenleaf, Williams, Rep. Harris and U.S Justice Action Network, Announces New Legislation to Reduce Recidivism and Grow Pennsylvania’s Workforce

Syrita Bowen News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

**VIEW FULL RESULTS OF THE POLL HERE** Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Justice Action Network released a new poll of Pennsylvania voters that shows overwhelming bipartisan support for reforms to the state’s justice system. Conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, the poll shows that Republican, Democratic, and Independent voters strongly favor breaking down barriers to help those with a criminal record towards a productive, law-abiding life so they do not return to prison, including sealing criminal records for certain offenses.  The results of the poll come as Sen. Scott Wagner announced he was introducing Senate Bill 529, otherwise known as “Clean Slate” legislation, that would automatically seal the records for …

USJAN Applauds PA Senate Judiciary Committee for Passing ‘Clean Slate’ Legislation

James Ringland News, Pennsylvania

May 10, 2016 Pennsylvania is one step closer to becoming the first state in the country to pass groundbreaking legislation that will automatically seal criminal records for minor offenses after a certain crime-free period. The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 1197, legislation that would enable the automatic sealing of records, as opposed to having to file individual expungement petitions that have to be approved by a court. The U.S. Justice Action Network helped introduce the legislation alongside bill sponsors Sen. Scott Wagner and Sen. Anthony Williams, Republican and Democratic leaders from both chambers, law enforcement leaders, and other advocacy groups. Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “We applaud Pennsylvania …

USJAN Joins PA Legislators, Law Enforcement Officials to Unveil Bill to Seal Criminal Records for Minor Offenses

lauren News, Pennsylvania

April 13, 2016 Today, the U.S. Justice Action Network joined with Pennsylvania legislative leaders Sen. Scott Wagner (R-28th) and Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-88th) and Sen. Anthony Williams (D-8th) and Rep. Jordan Harris (D-186th), as well as leading law enforcement officials, including the head of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association David Arnold, to unveil first-of-its-kind legislation that will automatically seal criminal records for minor offenses.  SB 1197 and HB 1984 would enable the automatic sealing of records, as opposed to having to file individual petitions for nonviolent misdemeanors, summary offenses and non-conviction records. Since an estimated nearly 3 million Pennsylvanians now have a criminal record, this legislation will have a significant impact on …

USJAN Applauds PA Legislature For Approving Bill Removing Barriers to Reentry

jeff News, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized

January 28, 2016 Late yesterday, the Pennsylvania House finalized the reconciled SB 166 legislation that allows for the sealing of certain criminal records after a crime-free period for individuals who committed low-level, non-violent offenses. We applaud the bipartisan champions who supported removing this barrier to employment and housing for ex-offenders who turn their lives around. Holly Harris, the Executive Director or U.S. Justice Action Network, said, “This is a big win, not just for individuals who have made mistakes and turned their lives around, but also for society as a whole. We need to break down barriers for rehabilitated individuals who want to work and lead productive lives. When these people …