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

 

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

 

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

 

Can Meek Mill sell Harrisburg on probation reform?

(Apr 03, 2019)

North Philadelphia native Robert Rihmeek Williams has been on probation for 11 years — a seemingly endless, telescoping sentence that has dogged him throughout his ascendancy as Meek Mill, the chart-topping rapper and, lately, activist for criminal justice reform.Now, while still under the weight of Pennsylvania’s unusually onerous probation laws — which, unlike most other states, allow supervision to stretch as long as the maximum legal sentence for a crime — he’s seeking to change them. Read more

 

Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes

(Apr 03, 2019)

State lawmakers, criminal justice reform advocates and rapper Meek Mill joined forces Tuesday to push for an overhaul of Pennsylvania’s probation system.House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris said at an event in downtown Philadelphia that he will soon introduce a bill designed to put fewer people on parole and for shorter periods of time. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Weaponizes Jesus During the Whitest Prayer Before State’s First Muslim Woman Swears In

(Mar 28, 2019)

Despite the fact that the Bible describes him as having “skin liken unto the color of Bronze” and “hair liken unto lamb’s wool,” America loves itself some Seasonless Jesus.When he’s not preoccupied with being “the reason for the season” every Christmas morning, you might spot him at your friendly neighborhood house of worship extolling the joys of spin class or on Netflix healing the sick while taking periodic breaks to kiss golden retrievers on the mouth. Read more

 

Find out what your neighbors had to say during my Tele Town Hall

(Mar 28, 2019)

Miss the discussion? You can catch up on what your friends and neighbors had to say here. Read more

 

'To use Jesus as a weapon is not OK': Lawmaker slammed for prayer before Muslim woman sworn in

(Mar 27, 2019)

A Republican state lawmaker faces criticism for a Christian prayer she delivered in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday, the same day the body swore in its first female Muslim member. State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, a freshman from a rural Pennsylvania district, invoked Jesus, the Lord or God nearly two dozen times in her approximately one-minute-forty-second prayer. She also thanked God for President Donald Trump because he "stands beside Israel, unequivocally." Read more

 

Harris announces $1.49 million grant for Schuylkill River Trail

(Mar 26, 2019)

Citing the importance of creating and preserving public green spaces, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Democratic Caucus whip, announced a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority totaling $1.49 million for the Schuylkill River Development Corp. to construct the Christian to Crescent trail segment in Philadelphia. Read more

 

‘Divisive’ opening prayer given as first Muslim woman is sworn into Pa. House

(Mar 26, 2019)

The opening prayer is often the least controversial part of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ ceremonial routine on a session day but Monday’s prayer was different.On the same day that the House swore in its first Muslim women member Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Philadelphia, freshman Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton County, stepped to the House rostrum to offer a heartful prayer proclaiming her Christian beliefs and how the nation has forgotten Jesus and asking for forgiveness. Read more

 

GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before state’s first Muslim woman swears in

(Mar 26, 2019)

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz was on the ninth “Jesus” of her opening prayer in the Pennsylvania statehouse when other lawmakers started to look uncomfortable.Speaker Mike Turzai, a fellow Republican, glanced up — but Borowicz carried on, delivering a 100-second ceremonial invocation that some of her colleagues decried as an offensive, divisive and Islamophobic display shortly before the legislature swore in its first Muslim woman. Read more

 

Harris Reacts to "Weaponized Prayer" in Pa. House

(Mar 25, 2019)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Whip Jordan Harris reacts to an offensive prayer delivered in the House of Representatives, meant to intimidate Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, her family and supporters who had gathered for Johnson-Harrell's swearing-in ceremony. Johnson-Harrell is the first Muslim woman to be elected to the state House. Read more

 

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

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

Can Meek Mill sell Harrisburg on probation reform?
Apr 03, 2019

Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes
Apr 03, 2019

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Weaponizes Jesus During the Whitest Prayer Before State’s First Muslim Woman Swears In
Mar 28, 2019

Find out what your neighbors had to say during my Tele Town Hall
Mar 28, 2019

'To use Jesus as a weapon is not OK': Lawmaker slammed for prayer before Muslim woman sworn in
Mar 27, 2019

Harris announces $1.49 million grant for Schuylkill River Trail
Mar 26, 2019

‘Divisive’ opening prayer given as first Muslim woman is sworn into Pa. House
Mar 26, 2019

GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before state’s first Muslim woman swears in
Mar 26, 2019

Harris Reacts to "Weaponized Prayer" in Pa. House
Mar 25, 2019