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

Klopp: Liverpool’s confidence not dented

first_img Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooSan-Francisco Runner Creates Art Just By Jogging Around Loading… Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said his side’ is working’ together to make sure two defeats on the bounce doesn’t become three for the Premier League leaders. “One defeat feels like two defeats, so it’s not a massive difference, It’s just how you get back on track immediately – the results track, if you want. Read Also:Klopp reacts after Liverpool’s third defeat in four games “We have to work really hard and we have to fight back. It will always be like this and it will never be different.center_img “Winning gives you confidence, losing costs you confidence, so that’s completely normal that you start thinking about things,” the German boss said.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Ball backs Black Cats to shine

first_img The 48-year-old former Black Cats midfielder was asked to step into the breach for the second time at the weekend following Paolo Di Canio’s untimely sacking. Having guided the side he inherited from the Italian to a 2-0 Capital One Cup third-round victory over Peterborough in midweek, the interim head coach, to give him his full title, is now finalising preparations for the more daunting proposition of Liverpool’s Barclays Premier League visit to the Stadium of Light on Sunday. Ball, who has put himself forward as a possible replacement for Di Canio, is under no illusions as to the task ahead for however long he remains in the post – he was initially asked to take charge for two games – but thinks the kind of passion which fuelled his own playing days exists within the current squad despite the events of recent weeks. He said: “You would like to think it is always there for them. You have got to understand as a coach, we have a role to play, but that’s got to come from them, the responsibility has got to lie with them. “We can help them, we can facilitate stuff, but that’s got to come from them. “In the time we have had them, we have watched it closely, but we have tried to make it good footballing sessions. “There has always got to be a time for a laugh and a joke, but they have also got to understand it’s work.” Ball has stepped seamlessly from his role as senior professional development coach into the hot-seat vacated by Di Canio, but admits he has no clear idea how long he may remain in charge. He revealed after Tuesday night’s game that he hoped to discuss his situation with club officials this week, but such has been the level of activity both at the training ground and in the boardroom, that did not happen. Ball said: “I really haven’t had a chance. There are obviously people you speak to in passing, you might have a five-minute meeting. Kevin Ball believes there is enough pride and fight within the Sunderland dressing room to get the club out of trouble. “But at this moment in time, I wouldn’t have honestly said to you that I am any further forward than what I spoke to you about the other night.” Owner Ellis Short, having held consultations with director of football Roberto De Fanti, is continuing to consider his options with Gus Poyet concertedly trumpeting his own cause, although there is understood to be an element at the Stadium of Light pushing for the appointment of a British coach, or at least a man with experience of managing in the Premier League. The club have kept their own counsel since the official announcement of Di Canio’s departure, although full-back Ondrej Celustka admitted to Czech press agency CTK that he had been disappointed at the decision. He said: “In my opinion, the decision was a bit hasty because he was building the team and in the summer, 14 new players – including me – arrived. It needs some time to settle down. “But on the other hand, to win just one point from five (games) is simply not good.” In the meantime, Ball will look forward to a reunion with Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, a man he nursed through the Academy ranks on Wearside before he broke into the first team and ultimately won his £16million move to Anfield. He said: “He made sure the pathway was open. It wasn’t like the pathway wasn’t there, but he went along it and said, ‘I’m going this way’. “If one day it got a bit hard, he fought his way through it. In the time he was at the club, he was brilliant, and not just in his football. “If it wasn’t going well for him, he would find a way of making it right. He always challenged himself day in, day out, week in, week out. “If it wasn’t right, ‘I’ll make it right’. It wasn’t a case of, ‘Oh well, I’ll just accept it’, so that’s probably why you will subsequently see Jordan Henderson will get better and better as his career goes on.” Press Associationlast_img read more