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

Brookville man sentenced for role in Ponzi Scheme

first_imgBROOKVILE, Ind. – A Brookville man will have an extended prison stay after being sentenced this week for his role in a Tri-State Ponzi scheme.Jerry Smith, of Brookville, pleaded guilty in Franklin County Circuit Court last month to five felony counts of criminal securities fraud.Investigators say Smith, and co-conspirator Jason Snelling, ran an $8.9 million scheme selling unregistered investments while working for OneAmerica Securities.Instead of investing clients’ money as promised, the pair used the funds to pay for personal expenses, authorities said.Smith was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison and 20 years on probation. The judge ordered he pay $410,189 in restitution.Jail time will run concurrently with the 65-month federal jail sentence Smith is serving for mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion, related to the Ponzi scheme.Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s Prosecution Assistance Unit assisted in the investigation.“Smith’s actions were deplorable and I’m pleased we were able to add additional jail time to his sentence,” said Secretary Lawson. “He took advantage of people who knew and trusted him. Plus, he never registered his products as required by law. This combination is typical of what we see in so many Ponzi schemes. I encourage all investors to protect themselves by checking with my office before investing, even if you know the person.”Securities Commissioner Carol Mihalik commented, “I would like to thank Franklin County Prosecutor Mel Wilhelm for his continued work on this case.”“Our offices have been collaborating on this case for almost five years now. Thanks to the continued cooperation between state and local officials, we have been able to hold Smith accountable for his actions and maximize his sentence.”last_img read more

Arsenal players agree to 12.5 % pay cut amid COVID-19 crisis

first_imgLondon: First-team players of Arsenal, head coach Mikel Arteta and the core coaching staff have agreed to a 12.5 per cent cut of their wages to support the club through the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.In a statement, the Premier League club said that they have reached a “voluntary agreement” with their first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff.“Reductions of total annual earnings by 12.5 percent will come into effect this month,” adding that the club will be able to pay back the salaries “if we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch.”The London club further said that the agreement is based on the assumption that the Premier League could finish this season and they can receive the full broadcasting revenues.“The resulting savings will help cover some of the financial risks we have this season in relation to our matchday and commercial income.”Earlier this month, the Premier League had suggested clubs cut players’ wages by upto 30 per cent but the Professional Footballers’ Association said that would actually harm the NHS due to fewer tax contributions from the players.Other clubs such as Southampton and West Ham players have also agreed on wage deferrals. IANSAlso Read: I was an Arsenal fan because of Thierry Henry: Midfielder Paul PogbaAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more