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Bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation moves through House Judiciary Committee

Bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation moves through House Judiciary Committee

(Dec 09, 2019)

Calling it a victory for criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, thanked the committee chairmen and members for moving multiple pieces of legislation aimed at correcting injustices in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. Read more

 

Harris applauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 25, 2019)

Calling it a positive decision for both Pennsylvania and Cheyney University, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, released the following statement regarding Cheyney receiving accreditation: “Cheyney university retaining its accreditation is excellent news for not simply the university, but for Pennsylvania and the African American community at large. As the oldest historically black institution of higher learning in the nation and the conscience of the African American community, Cheyney represents an integral cultural piece of the African American experience in higher education. Read more

 

‘Punishment should not be endless.’ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urges lawmakers to reform probation.

(Nov 21, 2019)

Gov. Tom Wolf is urging lawmakers to revamp Pennsylvania’s probation system so that people can get a fair chance at improving their lives.The issue has growing bipartisan support in the General Assembly. Lawmakers are weighing measures to reduce the length of probation sentences and create incentives that would allow people to shorten their sentences if they stay out of trouble. Read more

 

Harris announces $800,000 grant for Schuylkill River Trail

(Nov 12, 2019)

On the heels of a $1.48 million grant awarded earlier this year to the Schuylkill River Trail, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, announced an additional $800,000 in grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority for the Christian to Crescent segment of the trail. Read more

 

On One Issue, Americans Are United. Too Many Are Behind Bars.

(Oct 30, 2019)

In modern times, the United States has never been as polarized and partisan as it is now. The two parties cannot work together and have stopped talking to each other, and many of their members barely see people in the other party as human. Adversaries become enemies; disagreement is seen as treason. Read more

 

Harris to take part in bipartisan presidential forum on criminal justice reform

(Oct 24, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, is slated to be part of a panel on probation reform and question presidential candidate Julian Castro on criminal justice reform this weekend at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.“It’s a tremendous honor to take part in this vital discussion on where we go next with criminal justice reform,” Harris said. “Criminal justice reform has become the civil rights issue of our time, and it’s imperative that our presidential candidates on both sides have a plan for reform and voters understand exactly where the candidates stand and how they plan to move us forward on criminal justice.” Read more

 

Harris, Lewis gather support for bipartisan second chance employment act

(Oct 23, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, and Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, are gathering support for legislation that aims to create a state database of job postings by employers who are willing to hire formally incarcerated and convicted people. Read more

 

FOX43 Capitol Beat: State Reps. Sheryl Delozier and Jordan Harris

(Oct 18, 2019)

This week's FOX43 Capitol Beat is a bipartisan interview with Cumberland County Republican Sheryl Delozier and Philadelphia Democrat Jordan Harris. The two are working on legislation to improve Pennsylvania's criminal justice system. Read more

 

Recreational pot advocates tout economic benefits for Pennsylvania

(Oct 03, 2019)

The economic benefits of proposed legislation to “free the weed” by state lawmakers was the main talking point at a Wednesday morning press conference to legalize marijuana and allow the state to oversee the selling of it for recreational use.State Rep. Dave Delloso, D-162 of Ridley Township, was flanked with co-sponsors and other advocates of House Bill 1899, the legislation he introduced earlier this week that pushes Pennsylvania to join 10 other states to decriminalize the drug. Read more

 

Probation reform advocates flood Pa. Capitol

(Sep 25, 2019)

Taili Thompson spent three years on probation and wonders if he would have been better off getting to jail.A Pittsburgh resident, Thompson spoke about his experience at a state Capitol rally Tuesday organized by advocates trying to change the probation system. He said he completed his three years on probation and met all the terms. Read more

 

General Assembly caucus receives civility award for work on state’s criminal justice system

(Sep 25, 2019)

The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry recently presented the third annual Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania award to the four members of the General Assembly’s Criminal Justice Reform Caucus. Read more

 

Harris, Criminal Justice Reform Caucus chairs receive Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania

(Sep 24, 2019)

Along with the other three chairs of the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Reform Caucus, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, received the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life award on Monday evening.“It’s incredibly humbling to receive an award that has been given to such great figures in American politics as Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. John McCain, Congressmen Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd, Senators Dianne Feinstein and Lindsay Graham, the Women of the United States Senate, and Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia,” Harris said. “Civility in politics is essential to ensuring that we are able to accomplish our goals and properly represent those who elect us to serve. It’s possible to disagree without being disagreeable, and this ability to be civil helps us work together when we find common ground. Success found through bipartisanship can inspire other lawmakers to follow the same path and restore civility to our political process.” Read more

 

Probation opponents push for change to the system

(Sep 24, 2019)

Each year, Pennsylvania taxpayers spends hundreds of millions of dollars on probation violators. Two new bills look to reform the system. Supporters of House Bill 1555 and Senate Bill 14 rallied today at the State Capitol in an attempt to move the legislation. Read more

 

Over $2 million in funding coming to 186th District

(Sep 20, 2019)

In a boost to the development of the Schuylkill River Trail and a community center in Wharton Square, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, announced today nearly two million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding coming to the 186th Legislative District. “Both of these grants will provide a huge boost to our community by creating jobs and enhancing our shared community spaces,” Harris said. “I look forward to seeing both projects completed and the positive benefits they will have on our neighborhoods.” Read more

 

Harris helps bring $1.5 million in grant funding to University of Pennsylvania

(Sep 19, 2019)

Calling it a tremendous boost to the local economy, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, announced a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant for the University of Pennsylvania. “The University of Pennsylvania is an unparalleled resource for Philadelphia, and I appreciate Governor Tom Wolf realizing that and awarding this grant,” Harris said. “The renovations that will be completed thanks to this funding will boost our local economy and help further innovation and technological advancements being researched at Penn.” Read more

 

Harris announces CFA grant for Neighborhood Gardens Trust

(Sep 17, 2019)

Highlighting the public benefit of shared community space, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., announced a Commonwealth Financing Authority grant for the Neighborhood Gardens Trust to renovate its Concert Garden. Read more

 

NBC 10 @ Issue: Gun Control

(Aug 26, 2019)

NBC10 @ Issue is a weekly public affairs discussion program that takes an in-depth look at local, state and national issues and politics. This week, we discuss gun control with state Reps. Jordan Harris and Chris Quinn. Read more

 

Don’t count on tax revenues from legal marijuana sales, study says. Locals say balderdash.

(Aug 26, 2019)

N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy last year said that if recreational marijuana was legalized in the Garden State, it would generate at least $60 million in taxes annually. The state’s Office of Legislative Services guessed even more, estimating legal sales would reap between $80 and $210 million.In Pennsylvania, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has said fully legalized weed would net the Keystone State more than $580 million in additional annual tax revenues, an estimate echoed by State Reps. Jordan Harris (D., Philadelphia) and Jake Wheatley (D., Allegheny) in their recently introduced legalization bills. Read more

 

After Philly shootings, Gov. Wolf signs order seeking to reduce gun violence

(Aug 19, 2019)

At the end of a week that saw two mass shootings in Philadelphia, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Friday morning intended to reduce gun violence in the state.The new order requires state agencies to collect more data about gun violence, instructs state police to boost their monitoring of hate groups and white supremacists, and increases efforts to help local police departments respond to threats of mass shootings. Read more

 

PA SAFE Members Applaud Governor’s Executive Order Addressing Gun Violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – House members of the PA SAFE Caucus and others today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in announcing a slate of executive actions to make sweeping changes to state agencies and programs to better target the public health crisis of gun violence. At a news conference Friday in Harrisburg announcing the executive actions, Wolf directed his administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. Reps. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) and Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) joined Wolf at the news conference and spoke of the significance of the governor’s actions in light of recent events in their districts, expressed gratitude for Wolf’s leadership and said the state legislature must commit to taking on gun violence when it returns to session in September. Speaking on the tragic impact of gun violence in not only his district, but in those across Pennsylvania, Harris said, “This must stop. It must end. There are far too many victims, there are far too many people who have lost their life to gun violence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Time is out for the talk. We have to do action, and we have to do it now.” Furthering this call for action, Frankel said, “We currently have about two dozen Read more

 

Bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation moves through House Judiciary Committee
Dec 09, 2019

Harris applauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 25, 2019

‘Punishment should not be endless.’ Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urges lawmakers to reform probation.
Nov 21, 2019

Harris announces $800,000 grant for Schuylkill River Trail
Nov 12, 2019

On One Issue, Americans Are United. Too Many Are Behind Bars.
Oct 30, 2019

Harris to take part in bipartisan presidential forum on criminal justice reform
Oct 24, 2019

Harris, Lewis gather support for bipartisan second chance employment act
Oct 23, 2019

FOX43 Capitol Beat: State Reps. Sheryl Delozier and Jordan Harris
Oct 18, 2019

Recreational pot advocates tout economic benefits for Pennsylvania
Oct 03, 2019

Probation reform advocates flood Pa. Capitol
Sep 25, 2019

General Assembly caucus receives civility award for work on state’s criminal justice system
Sep 25, 2019

Harris, Criminal Justice Reform Caucus chairs receive Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania
Sep 24, 2019

Probation opponents push for change to the system
Sep 24, 2019

Over $2 million in funding coming to 186th District
Sep 20, 2019

Harris helps bring $1.5 million in grant funding to University of Pennsylvania
Sep 19, 2019

Harris announces CFA grant for Neighborhood Gardens Trust
Sep 17, 2019

NBC 10 @ Issue: Gun Control
Aug 26, 2019

Don’t count on tax revenues from legal marijuana sales, study says. Locals say balderdash.
Aug 26, 2019

After Philly shootings, Gov. Wolf signs order seeking to reduce gun violence
Aug 19, 2019

PA SAFE Members Applaud Governor’s Executive Order Addressing Gun Violence
Aug 16, 2019