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McClinton: Criminal justice reform moves forward

McClinton: Criminal justice reform moves forward

(Dec 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 10 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said the House Judiciary Committee on Monday cleared her legislation to build on the progress made so far in reforming Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. The committee passed House Bill 440 and adopted House Resolution 619 among 10 bills considered during the special meeting focused on criminal justice. “Last year, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle came together to pass important reforms to the Post-Conviction Relief act and establish fairer DNA statutes that would allow individuals to challenge unjust convictions more easily,” McClinton said. “Now we want to build on that progress and allow eligible individuals to expunge their records, so they can continue to find jobs and housing.” McClinton introduced H.B. 440 with Rep. Tedd C. Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler. The bill would provide an opportunity to expunge an individual’s record if they have been unconditionally pardoned or fully acquitted of all charges, based on the same conduct or arising from the same alleged criminal episode. The commonwealth would receive notice of a potential expungement and would have an opportunity to object and conduct a hearing. McClinton also introduced House Resolution 619, which would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study collecting data about funding and caseloads for criminal defense in Read more

 

Delaware County state officials applaud $1 million grant to William Penn School District

(Dec 06, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Southeast Delegation, announced today that a collective effort among area state senators and representatives secured a $1 million state grant for the William Penn School District. “I’m proud that our collective efforts on behalf of the William Penn School District have helped to garner this funding,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “This grant money will help level the playing field, giving the children of Delaware County the chance at an education they deserve. This funding is a critical investment in our children and our society’s future.” “For the second year in a row, I’m grateful and humbled to have played a part in securing this important Ready to Learn grant funding for the William Penn School District,” said state Rep. McClinton, D-Phila. “We know that children in lower Delaware County are underserved due to unfair education funding. This grant is a step in the right direction toward fixing that imbalance.” “Unfair funding has unfortunately had a large impact on the students of William Penn School District, and grants like this help bridge the gaps,” said state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila. “Every bit of extra funding helps to offset the negative effects that these children have experienced as a result of inequitable school funding.” "No school district in the Read more

 

McClinton announces $500K grant award for local school district

(Dec 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced that a $500,000 grant has been awarded to the William Penn School District. “For the second year in a row, I’m grateful and humbled to have played a part in securing this important Ready to Learn grant funding for the William Penn School District,” McClinton said. “We know that children in lower Delaware County are underserved due to unfair education funding. This grant is a step in the right direction toward fixing that imbalance.” The funds were awarded as part of the Ready to Learn Block Grant program through the Department of Education. The grant is intended to help schools establish, maintain, or expand academic programs in alignment with commonwealth education standards. “Every dollar of extra funding for William Penn School District will make a world of difference,” McClinton said. “The Ready to Learn grants can be used to fund such pivotal areas as pre-K, STEM learning, teacher training, and full-day kindergarten.” While she praised Gov. Tom Wolf for his continued commitment to funding basic education in Pennsylvania, McClinton said there’s still more work to be done. “To be clear, I am very excited that William Penn School District will have this additional funding at their disposal to benefit teachers, students and parents. But I also remain committed Read more

 

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PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University

(Nov 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 26 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after the announcement of Cheyney University receiving accreditation: “The retention of Cheyney University’s accreditation is not only welcoming news for the university, but also for African American students here in the commonwealth and across the country. The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has historically worked with Cheyney University over the years and is committed to doing what we can to foster the education process and success of all people across the commonwealth. With this accreditation, Cheyney University will remain a viable educational resource to students now and for years to come. I’m proud of the work our legislative leaders have done to support the efforts of Cheyney University and thank the leadership of Cheyney’s President Aaron Walton along with Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Appropriation Chairman Vincent Hughes, House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, House Democratic Education Chairman Jim Roebuck,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC Chairman. “As a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, the PLBC and I were very involved in investigating and helping to form solutions to right the ship at Cheyney and I’m proud that that same passion has been continued by current PLBC Chairman Stephen Kinsey and his leadership team. Collectively, we’ve been working with leaders in state Read more

 

McClinton applauds passage of legislation outlawing sexual extortion

(Nov 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation she co-sponsored, which would outlaw sexual extortion in Pennsylvania and empower law enforcement and victim services organizations to help victims of this serious sex crime who previously fell between the cracks. “Finally, victims of this horrific crime will have an avenue to seek justice and perpetrators of sexual extortion – which the Department of Justice has said is the most significantly growing threat to children – can be held accountable,” McClinton said. “I am elated to see this legislation receive bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, and I look forward to seeing Governor Wolf sign it into law.” McClinton introduced H.B. 1402 with Rep. Tedd C. Nesbit, R-Mercer/Butler. The House passed it unanimously in June. The Senate unanimously passed the bill on Wednesday after making small improvements to the legislation. Today, the House unanimously passed the bill on concurrence, and it’s headed to Wolf’s desk for his signature. McClinton said previously that by specifically adding sexual extortion as a crime, we can protect individuals from people in power who demand sexual acts, images or videos from victims, usually for something of value to the victim. “Now, would-be perpetrators will not be able to lord intimate photos or other Read more

 

McClinton announces $80K tax credit for ACHIEVEability

(Nov 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced Monday that an $80,000 state tax credit been awarded to ACHIEVEability. “Programs that serve our community by helping our residents get stable employment are doing awesome work,” McClinton said. “This $80,000 will allow ACHIEVEability to make investments in this community that are returned many times over through its WorkSmart West Philly program, which aims to connect people with stable employment. “More than 25% of families in the 191 st Legislative District are living below the poverty line,” McClinton added. “This award will mark the first step toward positive change for many of those families by helping people get connected to workforce development programming, job coaching and other services that will allow them to join the workforce.” The tax credit announced Monday is through the Neighborhood Assistance Program, or NAP, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. It’s intended to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas or support neighborhood conservation. For more information about the NAP funding, visit the DCED site online . ### Read more

 

McClinton honors veterans, connects them with veterans’ services during annual Veterans Expo

(Nov 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton honored 37 veterans at her annual Veterans Expo Friday, including a World War II veteran, a Korean War veteran and veterans who served in the Vietnam, Gulf, Afghanistan and Iraq wars, during her annual Veterans Expo ahead of Veterans Day. “How do you say thank you to people who were willing to sacrifice their lives for your freedom?” McClinton said. “Words aren’t enough. In fact, I don’t know that we can adequately thank these brave veterans for their service to our country. But I want them to know that no matter how many years -- no matter how many decades – have passed since they returned home or since they last wore their service uniform, I will never forget what they gave. That’s what my annual Veterans Expo is about; it’s a gesture of gratitude, an acknowledgement for all they have done and an opportunity to connect them to invaluable resources.” McClinton’s Veterans Expo, sponsored by Humana and AmeriHealth Caritas, was held at Myers Recreation Center on Friday, Nov. 8. Information about veterans’ benefits was available and 15 health and wellness and veterans service organizations were in attendance, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Minority Veterans, AARP, Aetna and the University of Pennsylvania. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon and state Sen. Anthony H. Williams Read more

 

McClinton to host annual Veterans Expo Friday

(Nov 06, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – Ahead of Veterans Day, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host her 3 rd Annual Veterans Expo on Friday, Nov. 8, at Myers Recreation Center, to provide information on benefits and services available to veterans. The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia 19143. Lunch will be provided, as will free resources, health screenings and a host of vendors and information for veterans. There will be special performances, including a color guard presentation, song selection from Evelyn Graves Christian Academy and keynote speaker Rodney Little. Those interested in attending may RSVP to McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712. ### Read more

 

McClinton to host property tax relief forum in Yeadon Thursday

(Nov 06, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host a forum on property tax relief in Yeadon on Thursday, with the aim of providing information on state and county programs for families seeking financial assistance with their property taxes. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Yeadon Public Library, 809 Longacre Blvd., Yeadon 19050 . Refreshments will be served. A representative from the Delaware County treasurer’s office as well as the school district and borough tax collector will be in attendance. Information on 2020 property reassessment, Homestead Exemption and Pennsylvania Property Rebate qualifications will be discussed. Those interested in attending may RSVP to McClinton’s office at 215-748-6712. ### Read more

 

Over 200 constituents attend Southwest Philadelphia Fall Festival

(Nov 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 1 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., welcomed more than 200 children and their families at the annual Southwest Philadelphia Fall Festival on Thursday. “It was such a joy bringing children and families together to enjoy fun-filled activities and receive candy in a safe and healthy environment,” McClinton said. Children were encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and were treated to candy, family-friendly activities, food and refreshments. The event featured health screenings, including a toothbrush demonstration and giveaway by Penn Dental Medicine. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs. McClinton thanked the 12 th District Police of Philadelphia, The Common Place, Penn Dental Medicine, Miss Pennsylvania 2020 Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq., ASAP: After School Activities Partnerships, and various community partners. “It’s important that we keep this momentum of community cohesion, not only through family-friendly activities, but also through promoting healthy lifestyles and providing constituent services,” McClinton said. “Thank you to my colleague Representative Harris, the community at-large and our sponsors for a successful Southwest Philadelphia Fall Festival!” McClinton hosted the event in partnership with Harris, The Common Place, Read more

 

Tonight: McClinton hosts community discussion on growing human trafficking epidemic

(Oct 30, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, House Democratic Caucus chair, is hosting a community discussion on protecting local children and neighborhoods from human trafficking. The discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 30, at Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School, 2601 S. 58 th St., 19143. The public and media are invited to attend. “Children across our nation, commonwealth and in our local communities are vanishing at alarming rates and sold like commodities into the grim world of human trafficking,” McClinton said. “To combat this growing problem, it’s important that residents and law enforcement become educated about the red flags and existing laws.” McClinton will be joined by representatives from the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nationalities Service Center and Richard Allen Preparatory School. The community discussion on raising awareness of human trafficking through education coincides with legislation she introduced that would require schools to implement information about human trafficking into the health curriculum Read more

 

McClinton to host Monday news conference to address prison gerrymandering

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host a news conference on ending the practice of prison gerrymandering at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the state Capitol Media Center. McClinton will be joined by House and Senate colleagues and advocacy partners to discuss House Bill 940 – legislation that would require Pennsylvania to count incarcerated individuals at their last residential address for the purpose of congressional and legislative redistricting. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

McClinton appointed to take lead education and outreach role on PA Commission on Sentencing

(Oct 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced her appointment as chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. McClinton was the first woman from the House of Representatives to serve on the commission in 2017. She is also the first woman and African American to serve as chair of the House Democratic Caucus. As chair of the commission’s standing committee, McClinton is charged with overseeing sentencing, correctional and parole statutes and appellate court decisions, providing direction to courts and practitioners, coordinating efforts to implement guidelines for fines and economic sanctions, sentencing and resentencing, and parole. “Beginning with my tenure as a public defender I have been a strong advocate for criminal justice reform across our commonwealth. My main priorities are both keeping our communities safe and ensuring that the criminal justice system actually provides just outcomes,” McClinton said. “I am honored to serve as chair of this standing committee to further promote a fair sentencing and parole system.” As state representative, McClinton's efforts on criminal justice reform include hosting events to help returning citizens apply for pardons or expungements and introducing legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less Read more

 

Rep. McClinton hosts Gov. Wolf on tour of community garden in Southwest Philly

(Oct 08, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted Gov. Tom Wolf on an exclusive tour of the longstanding Sankofa Community Farm to celebrate the importance of supporting agriculture in urban communities. The tour comes following McClinton's announcement that John Bartram’s Garden Association received a $50,000 grant from the state’s first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants program, which she voted to create, and be used to purchase raised beds, tools and refrigeration equipment for the Sankofa Community Farm. “I was proud to host Governor Wolf on this tour to demonstrate how beneficial these inaugural grants are in supporting agricultural initiatives in urban areas like Southwest Philly where some neighborhoods are food deserts,” McClinton said. “For 10 years, Sankofa Community Farm has been filling that void by making farm-to-table accessible to many local residents by providing fresh produce that is locally cultivated and grown by Southwest Philly teens.” McClinton said Sankofa’s values of teaching local youth self-sustainability through agriculture aligns with the grants program’s purpose of providing opportunities for entrepreneurship and community-building through the continued development of urban agriculture infrastructure. Sankofa Community Farm, located in the historic Bartram’s Garden, was among the first of 28 projects statewide to receive Urban Agriculture Grants Read more

 

McClinton to participate in 2020 Drive Across America Tour

(Oct 04, 2019)

DARBY, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Del., chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced that she will participate in the kickoff of the 2020 Drive Across America Tour. The official program will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the one of tour’s stops -- the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., 19023. In 2020, Gordon Bryan will drive from Wildwood, NJ on a cross-country tour to San Diego, California to raise awareness of unfunded health care for local veterans. One of Bryan’s stops includes Darby Borough, located in McClinton’s district. “I am honored that my district will be one of the stops for this amazing tour,” McClinton said. “I wish Gordon a safe and happy drive as he treks across our country to draw attention to the plights of the very people who sacrificed so much to protect it.” Media coverage is invited to attend. Read more

 

McClinton applauds Bartram’s Garden for receiving portion of $500K first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, announced that a $50,000 state grant is headed to the John Bartram Association for improvements to Bartram’s Garden in the 191st Legislative District. The grant, funded by the state’s Urban Agriculture Grants program McClinton voted to create, will be used for raised beds, tools and refrigeration equipment to support urban gardening initiatives in the area. “Bartram’s Garden is a historic arboretum and an incredibly beautiful greenspace in our community, making it perfect for family outings, walking the trails, boating at the dock or getting great food grown right there,” McClinton said. “I am grateful for Governor Tom Wolf approving this grant so Bartram’s Garden can continue to provide opportunities for Southwest Philly teens to learn gardening and cultivate fresh produce through the Sankofa Community Farm initiative.” In July, Wolf signed Act 40 to create the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, part of the state’s first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which provides micro grants for one-time projects or single applicants and up to $2,500 in funding, and macro grants for projects that demonstrate cooperative, or regional efforts with multiple partners and up to $50,000 in funding. The $500,000 in total urban agriculture grant funding approved will benefit 28 projects in Read more

 

McClinton welcomes advocates for probation reform to state Capitol

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – In her continued efforts for criminal justice reform in the commonwealth, state Rep. Joanna McClinton rallied with advocates for probation reform during a news conference at the state Capitol. “There are so many people who have served their time and who are now working to become upstanding citizens for their families and their communities. Yet, they are facing a long period of probation and one slip, such as missing a meeting with their probation officer, can land them back in jail. These people who are trying to change for good deserve better,” McClinton said. Participants of today’s event were Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Justice Action Network, Commonwealth Foundation, Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania, ACLU-Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Prison Society, REFORM Alliance, Amistad Law Project and American Conservative Union Foundation. McClinton also met with advocates one-to-one to discuss their thoughts on how to change the system in Pennsylvania. “I am a supporter of House Bill 1555 , a probation reform bill that is currently in committee. I also was a staunch advocate for the historic Clean Slate Act that became law last year,” McClinton said. “As a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, I voted against the new risk-assessment tool because I had serious concerns that it is not the best way to reduce recidivism. We need to Read more

 

Cobbs Creek playground receives $250,000 state grant

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton today announced a $250,000 grant will help provide needed updates and create a safer environment at the Cobbs Creek playground. The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funding to assist with the renovations. “The Cobbs Creek playground provides a fun multigenerational space for visitors and residents to play, exercise and congregate, which is crucial in maintaining a robust community,” McClinton said. “This funding will help build on that strong foundation by creating a safer recreational environment that everyone can enjoy, day or evening, in the years to come.” The Cobbs Creek playground lacks the appropriate lighting that is necessary to provide a safe environment when the sun goes down. The city of Philadelphia will install six new lights and eight cameras to provide a safer experience for visitors to the park. The city also plans to install new play and exercise equipment, as well as develop a new nature play space in the park’s surrounding wooded area. The total cost of the project is $300,000. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Read more

 

McClinton: Criminal justice reform moves forward
Dec 10, 2019

Delaware County state officials applaud $1 million grant to William Penn School District
Dec 06, 2019

McClinton announces $500K grant award for local school district
Dec 05, 2019

Winter 2019 Newsletter
Dec 03, 2019

Summer 2019 Newsletter
Dec 03, 2019

PLBC lauds accreditation for Cheyney University
Nov 26, 2019

McClinton applauds passage of legislation outlawing sexual extortion
Nov 21, 2019

McClinton announces $80K tax credit for ACHIEVEability
Nov 18, 2019

McClinton honors veterans, connects them with veterans’ services during annual Veterans Expo
Nov 12, 2019

McClinton to host annual Veterans Expo Friday
Nov 06, 2019

McClinton to host property tax relief forum in Yeadon Thursday
Nov 06, 2019

Over 200 constituents attend Southwest Philadelphia Fall Festival
Nov 01, 2019

Tonight: McClinton hosts community discussion on growing human trafficking epidemic
Oct 30, 2019

McClinton to host Monday news conference to address prison gerrymandering
Oct 23, 2019

McClinton appointed to take lead education and outreach role on PA Commission on Sentencing
Oct 11, 2019

Rep. McClinton hosts Gov. Wolf on tour of community garden in Southwest Philly
Oct 08, 2019

McClinton to participate in 2020 Drive Across America Tour
Oct 04, 2019

McClinton applauds Bartram’s Garden for receiving portion of $500K first-ever Urban Agriculture Grants
Oct 03, 2019

McClinton welcomes advocates for probation reform to state Capitol
Sep 24, 2019

Cobbs Creek playground receives $250,000 state grant
Sep 17, 2019