State Rep. Joanna McClinton chairs House Democratic Policy hearing to end the pipeline to prison

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania.

McClinton requested the hearing to create a dialogue on reforming the criminal justice system that would be fair to those in the system and taxpayers.

“I thank Chairman Sturla for allowing the Policy Committee to give this worthy cause a platform,” McClinton said. “We are looking to make reasonable changes that would give citizens a second chance, restore their right to vote and remove criminal charges from their records that they have been absolved of. Addressing the pipeline to prison and making sure we devote resources to reduce incarceration rates will restore dignity to our citizens and save taxpayer dollars.”

"We have to come up with alternatives to incarceration and Representative McClinton is doing a great job leading that discussion,” said House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Those alternatives should include investing in early childhood education, mental and behavioral health services and rehabilitation efforts. If we can address these pivotal components, we can have a meaningful impact on communities and reduce our prison populations."

Hearing testifiers included George Mosee, First Assistant District Attorney, Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney; Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Public Defender, Defender; Association of Philadelphia; and William Cobb, Founder of Redeemed PA.

For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.