FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Mike Sturla
State Rep. Jake Wheatley
House Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing about effects of parental incarceration on children Wednesday in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, July 20 – House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced that the committee will hold a public hearing regarding the Joint State Government Commission’s December report on the effects of parental incarceration on children from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at the University of Pittsburgh’s O’Hara Student Center Dining Room, 4024 O’Hara St., Pittsburgh.
State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, requested the hearing and will serve as co-chair. Wheatley was a co-sponsor of H.R. 203, which was adopted by the state House in 2009 and called for the Joint State Government Commission study.
The current hearing agenda is:
· 2 p.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
· 2:10 p.m. – Panel of Advisory Committee to Review the Effects on Children of Incarcerated Parents:
Ø Dr. Helen Khanzhina, public policy analyst/project manager, Joint State Government Commission
Ø Dr. Claire Walker, executive director of the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation
· 2:50 p.m. – Panel of state and local officials:
Ø Shirley Moore Smeal, executive deputy secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Ø Patricia Valentine, executive deputy director for Integrated Program Services, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
· 3:30 p.m. – Panel from Amachi Pittsburgh:
Ø Anna Hollis, executive director
Ø Tirrell Harris, youth ambassador
Ø Ronnell Anderson, youth ambassador
· 4 p.m. – Panel from Women’s Law Project:
Ø Susan Frietsche, senior staff attorney, Western Pennsylvania Office
Ø Tara Pfeifer, staff attorney, Western Pennsylvania Office
· 4:30 p.m. – Closing remarks
The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.