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Harris applauds passage of bipartisan occupational licensure reform

Millions of criminal records slated for automatic sealing on anniversary of historic Clean Slate Act

(Jun 28, 2019)

oined by Gov. Tom Wolf, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and advocates, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., spoke today on the importance of the initiation of automatic criminal record sealing on the one-year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Act becoming law.“Today represents the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work and collaboration between Representative Sheryl Delozier, me and countless other legislators and advocates who are looking to help those who have paid their debt to society truly get their second chance,” Harris said. “This first-of-its-kind legislation put Pennsylvania on the map as a national leader in positive criminal justice reform and shows that we’re serious about the benefits criminal justice reform has for all taxpayers.” Read more

 

Philadelphia legislators release statement on PES closure

(Jun 27, 2019)

State legislators from Philadelphia, including Rep. Jordan Harris, House Democratic Whip, Sen. Anthony Williams, Senate Democratic Whip, Rep. Maria Donatucci, Sen. Larry Farnese, Senate Democratic Secretary, and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, issued the following statement on the announced closure of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery:“The explosion and subsequent fire at the PES refinery last week sent a shockwave, both literally and figuratively, through our community. The announcement of the closure of the refinery is another blow to the thousands of workers who earn a living and support their family through their hard work in South Philadelphia. Read more

 

Harris releases statement on Philadelphia Energy Solution Explosion

(Jun 21, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, released the following statement in response to this morning’s explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery:“First and foremost, I’m relieved to hear that as of this point, officials believe there are no injuries in the explosion that ripped through the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Passyunk Avenue early today. The safety of the employees, first responders and citizens that live in South and Southwest Philadelphia is of the utmost importance. Read more

 

Pennsylvania legislator says new bipartisan bill will prevent 'perpetual state' of parole violations

(Jun 18, 2019)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Jordan Harris (D) said Monday that a new criminal justice bill will help prevent a “perpetual state” of probation and parole violations that keeps many former inmates trapped in the correctional system.Harris and state Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R), alongside rapper Meek Mill’s Reform Alliance, introduced bipartisan legislation last month that aims to reduce the punitive nature of the state's community supervision system by eliminating consecutive probation sentences and prohibiting the extension of probation over the nonpayment of fines and costs. Read more

 

Reps. Jordan Harris & Sheryl Delozier talk criminal justice reform

(Jun 17, 2019)

Pennsylvania lawmakers discuss Meek Mill, Jay Z, and Michael Rubin's involvement in the bipartisan effort to reform probation & parole policies Read more

 

With focus on criminal justice reform, Pa. lawmakers name June 'Reentry Month'

(Jun 11, 2019)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers signed off on a resolution this week signaling Pennsylvania's focus on criminal justice reform throughout the month of June. "For far too long, our criminal justice system has not been about rehabilitation, but it's been about retaliation," said Pennsylvania State Rep. Jordan Harris, a Democrat representing parts of Philadelphia. Read more

 

Calls for criminal justice reform in Pa. are gathering broad support

(Jun 11, 2019)

Matthew Charles knows well the challenges that come with re-entry into society following incarceration. He’s been through it twice.Charles, who spent 22 years in federal prison for selling crack cocaine in North Carolina, finally won his freedom in December when he became the first person to be released through the federal First Step Act, which eased mandatory minimum drug sentence. Read more

 

Pa. House bill introduced aimed at fixing parole, probation

(May 31, 2019)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation aimed at reducing the punitive nature of parole and probation in Pennsylvania, which has the second-highest percentage of residents under supervision in the nation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more

 

Delozier, Harris, Jones and Gainey introduce Smart Probation and Parole Act

(May 30, 2019)

State Reps. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila, Mike Jones, R-York, and Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at reforming Pennsylvania’s probation and parole system to reduce recidivism, lessen the workload on Pennsylvania’s counties and help formerly incarcerated individuals avoid technical pitfalls that keep them trapped within the system. Read more

 

Bill would aid prison inmates who train to be barber, cosmetologists but can't get licenses to work after release

(May 28, 2019)

In Pennsylvania, prisoners can train for jobs as barbers and cosmetologists, but many of them struggle to get licenses to work in those fields after their release because of their criminal convictions. Read more

 

Lawmakers introduce bipartisan occupational licensure reform

(May 22, 2019)

State Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Democratic whip, and Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, were joined by state Sens. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin/Perry, and Judy Schwank, D-Berks, to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate aimed at removing employment barriers for formally convicted people. Read more

 

Harris: Unconstitutional abortion ban highlights hypocrisy in House

(May 14, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Democratic Whip, issued the following statement today upon the passage of H.B. 321:“Unfortunately, with the passage of House Bill 321, it seems as though some legislators in the House who consider themselves pro-life are simply pro-birth. I say this because today we heard verbose speeches about the value of the life of a child born with Down syndrome, and make no mistake, there is abundant value in their life. The value of their life was never in question. Read more

 

PA Legislators advocating for criminal justice reform

(May 01, 2019)

Last legislative session, Pennsylvania's General Assembly came to a rare, bipartisan consensus on criminal justice and passed the Clean Slate Act--a measure that helps former inmates get their records expunged. Read more

 

Tele Town Hall on Criminal Justice Reform in PA

(Apr 17, 2019)

Miss the discussion? Catch up on the debate about the most important civil rights issue of our time. Read more

 

Coalition of legislators unveils bills aimed at reforming police procedures

(Apr 16, 2019)

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and PLBC members were joined by a coalition of legislators from around the state for a press conference to unveil a package of legislation aimed at streamlining police procedures and improving police-community relations at noon today in the Capitol Media Center. Read more

 

A Brave New World

(Apr 12, 2019)

Seated in the lobby of the Quorum in Drexel University’s Science Center, Dewey Thomas of the Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities shares just how far we’ve come as a nation in terms of our view of legalized cannabis, or as most people know it, marijuana. Read more

 

Statewide violence-prevention funding fought for by Harris now available in Philadelphia

(Apr 11, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, announced today that funding to reduce community violence the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) fought for last session when Harris was chairman is now available for community-based organizations in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Harris Fights For Probation & Parole Reforms

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state representative and House Democratic whip Jordan Harris joined hip-hop artist Meek Mill, advocates, and legislators on both sides of the aisle to introduce probation and parole reforms. He explains why this bill is critical for families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Meek Mill highlights press conference on parole reform

(Apr 03, 2019)

Rapper Meek Mill was the headliner Tuesday at a rally that brought together high-profile public figures and state bipartisan lawmakers trying to reform the state’s parole system.Mill, aka Robert Rihmeek Williams, was joined by co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and sports apparel mogul Michael Rubin, author and CNN host Van Jones, state Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Phila.) and state Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) to announce plans for a bill soon to be introduced that would to put fewer people on parole and shorten their parole time. Read more

 

Meek Mill, Van Jones back Pennsylvania lawmakers’ push to reform parole and probation

(Apr 03, 2019)

It couldn’t possibly have been a coincidence.Philadelphia city officials, a 76ers co-owner, a famous rapper, a TV host, and several activist organizations gathered Tuesday afternoon to announce a collective effort to reform Pennsylvania’s parole and probation system.The event took place in Thomas Paine Plaza, just a few feet away from the statue honoring Philly’s notorious former Mayor Frank Rizzo, which appropriately had its head turned away from the ceremony.Two state representatives who have emerged as unlikely allies on criminal justice reform — Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, and Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland — announced they will soon introduce legislation aimed toward preventing those on probation and parole from being sent back to prison for non-violent or technical violations. That would include associating with someone with a criminal history, traveling outside one’s jurisdiction, and testing positive for marijuana. Read more

 

Millions of criminal records slated for automatic sealing on anniversary of historic Clean Slate Act
Jun 28, 2019

Philadelphia legislators release statement on PES closure
Jun 27, 2019

Harris releases statement on Philadelphia Energy Solution Explosion
Jun 21, 2019

Pennsylvania legislator says new bipartisan bill will prevent 'perpetual state' of parole violations
Jun 18, 2019

Reps. Jordan Harris & Sheryl Delozier talk criminal justice reform
Jun 17, 2019

With focus on criminal justice reform, Pa. lawmakers name June 'Reentry Month'
Jun 11, 2019

Calls for criminal justice reform in Pa. are gathering broad support
Jun 11, 2019

Pa. House bill introduced aimed at fixing parole, probation
May 31, 2019

Delozier, Harris, Jones and Gainey introduce Smart Probation and Parole Act
May 30, 2019

Bill would aid prison inmates who train to be barber, cosmetologists but can't get licenses to work after release
May 28, 2019

Lawmakers introduce bipartisan occupational licensure reform
May 22, 2019

Harris: Unconstitutional abortion ban highlights hypocrisy in House
May 14, 2019

PA Legislators advocating for criminal justice reform
May 01, 2019

Tele Town Hall on Criminal Justice Reform in PA
Apr 17, 2019

Coalition of legislators unveils bills aimed at reforming police procedures
Apr 16, 2019

A Brave New World
Apr 12, 2019

Statewide violence-prevention funding fought for by Harris now available in Philadelphia
Apr 11, 2019

Harris Fights For Probation & Parole Reforms
Apr 04, 2019

Meek Mill highlights press conference on parole reform
Apr 03, 2019

Meek Mill, Van Jones back Pennsylvania lawmakers’ push to reform parole and probation
Apr 03, 2019