Governor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice Reform

first_imgJustice Reinvestment Initiatives (JRI2), which seek to provide for fair sentencing, increase parole supervision and use of community-based programs, among other reforms.Bail and Pre-Trial Reforms to ensure that everyone has a right to a fair trial and that risk-assessment tools are consistent across the commonwealth.Post-Conviction Relief Act Expansion to reduce time sensitivity by increasing awareness of when rights expire so defendants can make an informed plea decision. Currently if a defendant pleads guilty, they are foreclosed from post-conviction relief; this needs to change so all defendants, regardless of plea, may attempt to prove their innocence.Probation/Parole Revocation and Resentencing to create uniformity in probation revocation procedures and ensure a correlation between risk and probation lengths, resulting in better supervision.Comprehensive Clean Slate Legislation currently being considered in the General Assembly and the first step in establishing a much more comprehensive clean slate law in the commonwealth to provide an opportunity for persons convicted of greater offenses, including felony convictions, to reenter the community with success.Indigent Defense is a critical part of the system that can have a large impact on volume, cost, and human effects and is needed in Pennsylvania to ensure the independence and quality of counsel under the Sixth Amendment.Stepping Up Initiative, which was launched statewide in April 2017 and via summit in December 2017 along with a data-driven project by Dauphin County to examine its criminal justice system, with the goal of reducing the number of people who have serious mental illnesses in the county prison. The findings from that project will be made public at the end of this month and will be used to develop policy and programming recommendations. “Leadership matters. When it comes to reforming our criminal justice system Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and our nation are looking to us to lead the path towards justice and fairness. We need to advocate for sound, consistent polices that do not waste time, money and resources, keep residents in our neighborhoods safe and promote fairness and equity for everyone in the criminal justice system. We know there is a direct connection between criminal justice reform and reducing poverty. Reforming our criminal justice system will not be easy and is not something that will happen overnight; but when we work together in a thoughtful, productive and collaborative way we can and will impact real change,” Congressman Evans said.“We all have a role to play in making a change – from community members to police officers, prosecutors, elected officials and everyone in between,” Sen. Farnese said. “Criminal justice reform doesn’t begin or end in our prisons. It starts at the community level by addressing the fact that too many people are incarcerated as a first response.”State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “I’m encouraged by the growing bipartisan support for criminal justice reform. I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance legislation that will foster a fair and just system — a system that allows people to get their life back on track without unnecessary barriers. We have been making progress, but there’s much more to do before the legislative session ends in November.”“I commend Governor Wolf for listening to the public outcry around criminal justice reform and actively taking steps to shine a light on the issue,” said Michael Rubin. “Fixing a system that cost my friend Meek Mill nearly six months of his life is personal to me, but also extremely important to ensure more people are kept out of prison or released who shouldn’t be incarcerated for technical probation violations. I’m glad the Governor is tackling this initiative head-on and I’m proud to offer my support.”“It was my pleasure to stand with Governor Wolf and support his initiatives to reform the Pennsylvania criminal justice system,” said Meek Mill. “I know firsthand the flaws in the system, so I’m greatly encouraged by the Governor’s commitment to ensuring a fair sentencing process and ultimately ending the unjust cycle of incarceration in our state.”“We need to do the work to make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Since I became Governor, I have worked hard to reform our system so that it leads to better outcomes and saves taxpayer dollars – while also leading to less crime and fewer victims.“Let’s continue to work towards building the criminal justice system we all want to see in Pennsylvania.” May 03, 2018 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Congressman Dwight Evans, Senator Larry Farnese, Representative Donna Bullock, legislators, and advocacy groups in a call-to-action for criminal justice reforms to refocus the system on rehabilitation and provide consistency and uniformity in the system. The governor was also joined by artist Robert “Meek Mill” Williams and Sixers Co-Owner and entrepreneur Michael Rubin.“The debate about how we can fix our criminal justice system is complicated, and over time that debate has changed to reflect the modern realities and issues present in our system,” Governor Wolf said. “I believe that we can improve the criminal justice system, so that we can protect victims while also ending a cycle of incarceration that has left so many people feeling trapped, helpless, and without an opportunity to return to society after they have been released.”The governor outlined a package of reform initiatives, including:center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Leads Call-to-Action for Criminal Justice Reformlast_img read more

Ahmad Ahmad: 2019 AFCON will be among the best

first_imgThe President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad AhmadCairo, Egypt | THE INDEPENDENT | The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad has said the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be one of the best events in-terms of organization and play on the field.“I am happy with the level of organization that the hosts have put in and we look forward to one of the best tournaments which for the first time will have 24 teams,” Ahmad told URN in a brief interview at the Marriot Hotel in Cairo on Saturday.The 2019 AFCON will run June 21st to July 19th in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said and Suez. Ahmad made it clear that every football stakeholder needs to play their role well for the tournament to be successful. “We all need to play our part for the development of football in our continent,” added Ahmad. who was questioned by the French Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial and Fiscal Offences (OCLCIEF) in Paris, France on June 6thCameroon who have lifted the AFCON trophy five times are the defending champions, while the hosts who boost of star players like Muhamad Salah who won the UEFA Champions League title with Liverpool have won the title a record seven times. Uganda Cranes will be making their second straight appearance at Africa’s biggest football tournament after they broke the 39-year jinx to appear in the 2017 Edition in Gabon. Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi are the other nations from the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) that will feature in the 2019 AFCON.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Firefighters donate $9,000 to West Palm Beach gay bar that got burned down

first_imgFirefighters who helped save West Palm Beach’s only LGBTQ+ bar just donated $9,000 from their own pockets to help rebuild the establishment.In May chemicals ignited a fire that caused H.G. Rooster’s to catch fire, investigators say.On Thursday, the West Palm Beach Firefighters Association presented the bar’s owner, AJ Wasson, with a big check.Firefighters and paramedics each donated $100 of their own money.Courtesy of our news partner WPTV News Channel 5.last_img