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McClinton: Criminal justice reform moves forward

McClinton to host Policy Committee Hearing on Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Apr 07, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on pretrial and bail procedure reform at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at the Southwest Leadership Academy, 7101 Paschall Ave. McClinton is introducing legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less costly criminal justice system. The bill would encourage and incentivize counties to establish pretrial service programs that utilize standards proven to reduce the monetary, and human cost of corrections. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Keir Bradford-Grey , chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner , Deputy Managing Director for Criminal Justice, City of Philadelphia 2:40 p.m. Panel from County Commissioners of Pennsylvania: Maureen Barden , fellow Kevin Barnhardt , Berks County commissioner 3:10 p.m. Panel from Pennsylvania Pretrial Association: Nicole Schnovel , board president (Berks County) Shannon Danley , board treasurer (Dauphin County) Maureen McManus , board director-past president (Lehigh County) Janice Radovick-Dean , board director-past president (Allegheny County) Robin Campbell , communications director, Pretrial Justice Institute 4 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

McClinton to host Financial Literacy Seminar

(Mar 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced she will host an event designed to provide constituents with tools and information they can use to make informative decisions about their finances. The Financial Literacy Seminar will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia, 501 S. 54th St., 7th Floor, 19143. McClinton said constituents can learn useful information to help them navigate their public and private financial matters, including ones concerning insurance, taxes, real estate, savings and more. “Financial literacy can benefit people in regards to entrepreneurship, home ownership, education, their community and their future,” McClinton said. “I hope everyone will attend this informative event and become more invested in their financial profile for years to come.” McClinton said that invited guests include Clarifi Credit Counseling, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, The Student Loan Doctor LLC, Budget Me Budget Services and The Ivy Investor. For more information about the event, constituents can contact McClinton’s office at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton hosts Entrepreneurship Seminar to boost small businesses in the district

(Mar 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a seminar to provide tools for local business owners and for people aspiring to open their own small business. About 10 federal, state and local government agencies offered assistance to nearly 100 entrepreneurs who attended the event held on Tuesday, March 28 at the Ezekiel Baptist Church. Attendees learned about the basic steps to establish a business and the available financial opportunities to help them start or expand operations. They also learned how to promote a brand effectively in all forms of media. “Small businesses are fundamental in our district. They contribute significantly to our economy, providing jobs and opportunities for our neighbors. If small businesses prosper we all win,” McClinton said. Local entrepreneurs shared their stories looking to provide motivation to those who have business ideas and desires to make them happen. “Having local entrepreneurs sharing their stories is a way to ignite a spark of inspiration on those who have business ideas, but for some reason are scared or not motivated to take the first step,” she said. The agencies who provided advice to attendees are The Enterprise Center, the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce's Office of Business Services, City of Philadelphia Department of Procurement, Read more

 

McClinton: Stop-and-Gos Must Go

(Mar 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is working to rid Philadelphia of Stop-and-Go establishments that are a detriment on neighborhoods and families. McClinton attended the first of a series of public meetings across Philadelphia seeking information and resources on how to eliminate the negative impact of these illegal businesses. Read more

 

McClinton condemns bill for reviving unconstitutional mandatory minimums

(Mar 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, spoked out against H.B. 741, which aims to revive mandatory minimum sentences for a number of drug-related offenses. The bill was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. McClinton said a letter that she received from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association stated that mandatory minimums work to improve public safety, something that she said she wrestles with. “I wonder where the safety has improved,” McClinton said. “Time and time again, I look at the unfortunate homicide rate in Philadelphia and the number of non-fatal shootings where I live and they are always high, no matter how many people are behind bars serving 10-20, 25 to life.” House Bill 741 seeks to revive mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes that were ruled unconstitutional in cases before both the Pennsylvania and U.S. supreme courts. It also would increase sentences for certain offenses. “This bill would potentially get more support if there were studies that showed crime was reduced, that neighborhoods are safer, that people stop selling drugs at the same intersection where someone gets arrested,” McClinton said. “Where is the decreased recidivism? Why hasn’t it happened yet in my community? Why are there drugs readily available and we have all these sentences, yet nothing has changed?” McClinton has been a strong advocate on criminal Read more

 

McClinton: Mandatory Minimums Don't Work

(Mar 21, 2017)

In a Pa. House Judiciary Committee meeting, state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks out against legislation that would reintroduce mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related offenses. Read more

 

McClinton Leads the Pa. House in Prayer

(Mar 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton was asked by the Speaker of the House to lead the chamber in its opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Read more

 

McClinton to host Entrepreneurship Seminar March 28

(Mar 17, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an event to provide helpful tools for current local business owners or for people aspiring to open their own small business. The Entrepreneurship Seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Ezekiel Baptist Church, 5701 Grays Ave. Attendees will learn what it takes to establish a business and secure the necessary finances to make it happen, how to effectively establish a business by promoting a brand in all forms of media, and hear experiences in effectively establishing a business and the paths taken to achieve inspiration. “Small businesses are the backbone to our community, so we must assist them with tools to help them grow and remain successful. If small businesses thrive in our neighborhoods, then job opportunities are available to more neighbors,” McClinton said. “I encourage everyone – business owners or those looking to take on a different pathway and own a business – to come be inspired and informed.” McClinton noted seminar participants include the Enterprise Center, the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Office of Business Services, City of Philadelphia Department of Procurement, Southwest Community Development Corporation, Citizens Bank, African Cultural Alliance of North American, INC. and local entrepreneurs. For more information, constituents Read more

 

Another View: Time for honesty on equal pay in the Pa. workplace

(Mar 15, 2017)

Recently, an editorial written by two of our fellow legislators from the Senate was published advocating for S.B. 241 and equal pay for equal work – the idea that women should rightfully be paid the same as men for doing the same job. We would like to applaud Sens. Jake Corman and Tom McGarrigle for supporting this idea, however we believe it is vital to inform them that S.B. 241, which passed the Senate in February, would actually take several steps away from achieving pay equity. Read more

 

McClinton: End Teen Dating Violence

(Mar 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 110, a resolution designating February 2017 as "Teen Dating and Violence Awareness and Prevention Month" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McClinton holds comprehensive energy forum

(Feb 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted an Energy Forum for local residents as a way to learn more about weatherization, how to save on energy costs and energy-saving techniques. The forum was held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the 18th District Police Station, 5510 Pine St. and was integrated into the station's monthly Captain's meeting. "A big show of gratitude goes out to the station for sponsoring the forum and recognizing the significance of the event," McClinton said. "In particular, I'd like to thank Police Captain Robin Wimberly and Community Relations Officer Michael Davis for hosting us." Read more

 

McClinton Honors Rosa Parks

(Feb 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton honors the life and legacy of civil rights hero and pioneer Rosa Parks. McClinton sponsored a House Resolution designating Ms. Parks birthday, February 4, 2017, as Rosa Parks Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Pa. House of Representatives. Read more

 

Winter 2017 Newsletter

(Feb 08, 2017)

My legislative priorities include improving educational opportunities, connecting you to good jobs, and reforming our criminal justice system. In my new term, I am so excited to have been appointed to serve on the key House Judiciary Committee, where I plan to work with members from both parties to push for criminal justice reform. Read more

 

McClinton to hold monthly mobile office dates in Darby and Yeadon

(Feb 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that she will begin holding regularly scheduled mobile office hours for her constituents in Darby and Yeadon beginning this month. McClinton and her staff will be available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby, starting Feb. 7. She and her staff will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Thursday of every other month starting in March at the Yeadon Public Library, 809 Longacre Blvd., Yeadon. McClinton and her staff will offer the services that are always available at her main office, such as applying or renewing state Transportation Department items, completing applications for birth and death certificates and applying for numerous state programs. "I am thrilled to provide these mobile services to my constituents," McClinton said. "This is a perfect opportunity for me and my staff to offer these services to as many people conveniently as possible. I would like to thank the Darby Recreation Center and the Yeadon Public Library for providing the space for this outreach." McClinton added that her main office remains open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 6027 Ludlow St., Unit A. For more information on the new monthly mobile hours, contact McClinton's office staff at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton joins Judiciary Committee, seeks criminal justice reform

(Jan 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, has been appointed to serve on the key House Judiciary Committee, where she plans to push for criminal justice reform. "Having served as an assistant public defender in Philadelphia for seven years, I am very familiar with how our criminal justice system works and how it needs to work better, to keep our communities safe and to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society," McClinton said. "I also plan to work with members from both parties on vital issues such as reining in civil forfeiture, which is the legal process where a district attorney can take someone's property without them having been convicted of a crime." The Judiciary Committee reviews bills relating to law enforcement and corrections. It has oversight over a number of state agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, Attorney General's Office, Department of Corrections, the State Ethics Commission, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Office of General Counsel, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. The committee also evaluates prison staffing and inmate populations and housing conditions. McClinton will also join the Liquor Control Committee for the first time, where she plans to work on addressing the issue of "stop and gos" in Philadelphia. The committee handles legislation dealing with the Read more

 

McClinton to co-host Criminal Record Expungement and Sealing Clinic

(Jan 13, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, announced that she will join Sen. Anthony Williams in co-hosting a free criminal record expungement and sealing clinic. It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingseeing Ave., Philadelphia . “Many times, a person’s past comes back to haunt them and ruin their chances of living and improving their lives,” McClinton said. “The event provides a great opportunity for people to clear their name in an effort to better themselves and our community.” In order to participate in the clinic, reservations are required. Those eligible for the expungement and sealing clinic include individuals with: Philadelphia County arrests only; non-conviction charges or summary convictions with no arrests in the past five years; no pending criminal charges. The person also cannot be on probation. Some second and third degree misdemeanor convictions may be sealed. McClinton added to RSVP, people should call Williams’ office at 215-492-2980 or email ewaters@pasenate.com . Read more

 

McClinton holds one-stop-shop energy forum

(Jan 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted an Energy Forum for area residents to learn about ways they can save money heating and cooling their homes. The forum was held Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. McClinton said nearly 100 individuals were in attendance. "This is a very important issue for so many people who connect with me," McClinton said. "My staff and I were happy to take this information beyond our office walls and bring it all under one roof." Representatives from Philadelphia Gas Works, the Public Utility Commission, Utility Emergency Services Fund, Energy Coordinating Agency, and PECO were on hand to answer questions, explain details of consumer-related programs and provide information on how to save money on heating and cooling costs. McClinton's staff also provided information and helped a number of low-income families apply for the state's heating grant program, LIHEAP. "We're in the middle of winter so the timing could not have been better for those who need help or want to know what they can do to better weatherize their homes," McClinton said. "In addition, this event was a great way to learn about ways to reduce energy costs all year round." McClinton will host a second Energy Forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the 18th District Police Station, 5510 Pine St. Read more

 

McClinton to host free Energy Forum Jan. 11

(Jan 09, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an Energy Forum to provide constituents with information on how they can save money heating and cooling their homes. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the 12th District Police Station, 6448 Woodland Ave. McClinton said attendees can learn how the state and other groups can help save money during the winter heating season and all year round. Representatives from local utility companies will be on-hand to discuss their products. “This free event is a great one-stop shop for constituents to get information and ask questions on the best options for them to save money,” McClinton said. “My staff will also be available to help low-income families apply for the state’s heating grant program, LIHEAP.” The event is free and refreshments will be served. More information can be obtained by calling McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton: Hundreds attend Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo

(Dec 08, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 -- State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted her second annual Senior Holiday Health and Fitness Expo on Dec. 6 at Motivation High School. McClinton said more than 300 area seniors attended the event, which offered them a chance to receive free health screenings and other services, including flu shots. "This event was designed to connect seniors with valuable services that impact so many aspects of their daily lives, but we also wanted to put some icing on the cake by getting everyone together in a fun, celebratory atmosphere," said McClinton. "Holiday entertainment, music, dancing and a holiday lunch helped make the day such a success." The event was sponsored by Gateway Health Plans, Keystone VIP Choice and Mercy Health Systems, and included special guests state Sen. Anthony Williams, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, former state Rep. Ronald Waters and Philadelphia ward leaders Anne Brown and Anthony Faulk. "A thank you isn't enough to everyone who participated, volunteered their time and their service, particularly the students from Hardy Williams High School and NSA Multicultural Academy," McClinton said. "I look forward to marking the third annual expo next year!" Participating vendors were Gateway Health Plans, Keystone VIP Choice, Mercy Health Systems, Always Best Care, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Philadelphia Gas Works, Energy Coordinating Agency, Colonial Life, Health Read more

 

McClinton announces $900,000 grant for trail construction

(Dec 07, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7 – Following approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced a $900,000 grant has been awarded to the Schuylkill River Development Corp. McClinton said the organization will use the funding to help construct a multi-use connector trail along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. “It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “This grant will not only assist the SRDC in moving forward with its project, it will make improvements to a recreational area utilized by many families and help boost the local economy.” The Schuylkill River Development Corp. is constructing a connector trail along the west bank of the river, known as the Bartram’s Mile Trail. The project will expand recreational access and safe, off-road commuting for thousands of families in Kingsessing and Bartram’s Village. It also will spur economic development on some of the riverfront parcels of land that are being primed for reuse. The project includes the construction of the trail and the installation of lighting, benches, trash containers, bollards and bike racks. "The SRDC is thrilled to receive this grant which will assist in extending the Schuylkill River Trail deeper in southwest Philadelphia,” said Joseph R. Syrnick, president and CEO of the Schuylkill River Read more