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He’s a state university president and an African king. How Millersville’s new leader is bridging those worlds

(Aug 02, 2019)

One day last October, in a town in central Ghana, a land dispute dating back three generations was about to turn violent.That same day, on another continent thousands of miles away, at a usually quiet state university campus in central Pennsylvania, another crisis was looming: Someone had drawn a swastika in the men’s room at the library. Read more

 

Harris applauds $950,000 in PHARE funding for district

(Jul 18, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, announced today that two organizations in his district received a total of $950,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund to help renovate and construct affordable housing.“This much-needed funding will improve and maintain access to affordable housing for those who need it the most,” Harris said. “Having consistent access to affordable housing is key in helping people maintain a quality standard of life in a place they can call their own home.” Read more

 

Criminal justice reform is spreading across the country. But is it enough to dismantle mass incarceration?

(Jul 02, 2019)

Rep. Harris joins the News Beat podcast to talk criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania, including what's been done and what's next. Read more

 

Pennsylvania starts automatic sealing of some criminal files

(Jul 01, 2019)

Lower-level criminal convictions in Pennsylvania began to be automatically sealed Friday under a state law touted as a way to give offenders a fresh start.State officials and other supporters marked the new phase of the “clean slate” legislation at a news conference in Harrisburg, calling the program a model for other states.Democratic state Rep. Jordan Harris, who helped sponsor the bill, said he’s seen damage the justice system has done to people in the south Philadelphia neighborhood where he’s from. Read more

 

Pa.'s Clean Slate Act, a one-of-a-kind law that seals some criminal files, gets official introduction

(Jul 01, 2019)

Shortly after being hired for a new job in 2014, Marilyn was “deathly afraid.”She had two non-violent arrests for possession of marijuana on her record, both of which were resolved with no conviction. More than five years later, though, they still haunted her — and she was anxious the opportunity would slip through her fingers when her employer saw her background check. It wouldn’t have been the first time. Read more

 

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

 

He’s a state university president and an African king. How Millersville’s new leader is bridging those worlds
Aug 02, 2019

Harris applauds $950,000 in PHARE funding for district
Jul 18, 2019

Criminal justice reform is spreading across the country. But is it enough to dismantle mass incarceration?
Jul 02, 2019

Pennsylvania starts automatic sealing of some criminal files
Jul 01, 2019

Pa.'s Clean Slate Act, a one-of-a-kind law that seals some criminal files, gets official introduction
Jul 01, 2019

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