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McClinton: Criminal justice reform moves forward

McClinton, Bullock to introduce bill to create community-based sentencing programs for women with children

(Jul 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, July 27 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Deleware, and Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that they will introduce legislation that would direct Pennsylvania courts to sentence the primary caretakers of children younger than 18 to individualized community-based sentencing programs. The bill would require judges to determine if an offender is the primary caretaker of a child under 18, and if so, to hand down a sentence of non-confinement for low-level and non-violent offenses as long as they do not carry mandatory minimums. The offender would be required to complete a number of rehabilitative services instead of serving time in prison. “The tough-on-crime stances in our Commonwealth are ineffective and are tearing families apart,” McClinton said. “Yes, individuals who break the law should be held accountable. However, if they have committed a low-level, non-violent offense, they should not be sent to prison where they would lose custody of their child.” Over the past 30 years, the number of incarcerated women in the United States increased by over 700 percent, rising from 26,378 in 1980 to 215,332 in 2014. More than 60 percent of women in state prisons are reported to have a child under 18. Incarcerated mothers are forced to either relinquish their child to foster care or place them under the care of relatives. “Incarcerating women for low-level, non-violent offenses has detrimental effects on children,” Read more

 

Philadelphia lawmakers urge return to Harrisburg to finalize state budget, offer solutions to fix recurring revenue gap

(Jul 18, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – Members of the Philadelphia Delegation in the state House of Representatives today urged Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, to call the House back to Harrisburg to wrap up the 2017-18 state budget. "The main spending bill was passed on June 30, on a bipartisan basis, and it became law on July 10. So now we have to pay for that budget. And we need recurring, sustainable revenue to do it. Another year of mostly using gimmicks, what I refer to as 'smoke and mirrors,' will put us at risk of more credit downgrades, which just cost Pennsylvania taxpayers more. Unfortunately, Republican leaders shut down the House without finishing the job," said delegation chair Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Legislators outlined three major solutions to Pennsylvania's revenue gap that should receive votes in the full House: A severance tax on natural gas drilling companies: "Pennsylvania has already given away more than $2 billion in potential revenue by writing the natural gas law to favor the industry and shortchanging Pennsylvania residents. We simply want a severance tax comparable to the one every other natural gas-producing state in the nation have already put in place," said Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. Closing corporate tax loopholes: "Without closing the so-called Delaware loophole here in Pennsylvania, we lose hundreds of millions in revenues each year by allowing large corporations to avoid state Read more

 

Delaware County Lawmakers offer a mid-July Budget Update

(Jul 13, 2017)

House Democratic Members from Delaware County give an update to citizens on the 2017-2018 state budget Read more

 

McClinton Welcomes Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake

(Jun 28, 2017)

Pa. state Rep Joanna McClinton welcomed the Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake to deliver the opening prayer for the Pa. House of Representatives. Read more

 

McClinton Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton voted to increase penalties and enforcement against nuisance bars, commonly referred to as “Stop and Gos,” that are a burden on many Philadelphia neighborhoods, dragging down business corridors, hurting communities and lowering quality of life for families. Read more

 

Bill to address 'stop and go' alcohol nuisance issue advances to full House

(Jun 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – A bill introduced by three Philadelphia state representatives to address the issue of "stop and go" nuisance alcohol-selling businesses today advanced out of the Liquor Control Committee to the full House of Representatives. House Bill 1547 was introduced by state Reps. Jordan Harris and Donna Bullock, both D-Phila.; and Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. The bill would allow the state Liquor Control Board to designate saturated nuisance market areas, where violations would be subject to enhanced penalties, fines and suspensions, and allow the board to remove licenses from those areas. Harris said, "While the majority of business owners who sell alcohol are responsible business owners, there are those who have been able to operate using business practices that are not in the best interests of the communities that they provide service to; understanding that, we have created legislation that will provide greater state and municipal oversight of those businesses who have skirted the rule of law and created nuisances in our communities that in many cases have altered the quality of life for those residents who live in the areas these businesses serve." Bullock said: "A key part of this bill is allowing for more coordination between the state and local communities to regulate these nuisance businesses. Under this bill, the Liquor Control Board would be given the authority to look at the number of citations, police Read more

 

Governor Wolf Voices Support for House Bill that Makes Opioid Education Mandatory in Schools

(Jun 08, 2017)

Governor Tom Wolf today voiced his support for House Bill 1190, which proposes a school-based substance abuse prevention and intervention program for all students in grade kindergarten through 12. The legislation is sponsored by Representative Joanna McClinton, 191st legislative district, Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Read more

 

Over 600 constituents attend McClinton’s 2017 Community Day

(May 25, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 600 constituents of the 191 st Legislative District to her 2017 Community Day, where the whole family could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “It was my honor to host the first ever Cobbs Creek Community Day in the school yard of one of our neighborhood elementary schools, Add B. Anderson,” McClinton said. “The purpose of the event was to celebrate community, promote peace in our streets and empower neighbors with resources. I love to hear first-hand what issues our constituents face in their daily lives, and my staff was able to provide on-the-spot assistance.” The event began with a March for Peace that left from the schoolyard of Bryant Elementary School and included health screenings conducted by Penn Medicine and Sayre Health Center, children’s activities provided by Art(is) for Kids, food and refreshments donated by Fred’s Water Ice, HERR’S, WaWa, McDonalds, the Pretzel Factory and Sunshine Supermarket, and live stage entertainment. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of state programs such as CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), Medicaid, and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Congressmen Bob Brady and Dwight Evans, state Rep. James Roebuck and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell participated in the event. McClinton said she wanted to thank the Klutch Kings, Motivation High Read more

 

McClinton Cobbs Creek Community Day

(May 24, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted a Community Day for the Cobbs Creek area to bring people together and support peaceful neighborhoods and community. The day began with a March for Peace with Congressman Bob Brady and ended at Anderson Elementary with a fair of information, food and fun. Read more

 

McClinton on Merit Selection for Judges

(May 09, 2017)

At a recent meeting of the Pa. House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Joanna McClinton explains that she is in favor of a bill creating a merit selection system for appellate judges because it creates a more equal opportunity for minorities and women to be on the bench in the Commonwealth's highest courts. Read more

 

McClinton to host 2017 Community Day at Cobbs Creek

(May 09, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 9 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton will hold her 2017 Community Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Add B. Anderson Elementary School, 1034 S. 60th St. The event will feature a parade for peace, free health screenings, health and wellness information, children’s activities and main stage entertainment. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me meet with constituents face to face and outline for them the services they may not know they can utilize through my district office,” she said. “It also gives me a chance to discuss with them one-on-one the issues and problems that concern them.” McClinton said she is expecting more than 300 neighbors from the Cobbs Creek and Southwest Philadelphia communities to attend, as well as Mayor Jim Kenney. Elected officials will speak at 1 p.m. “I’m looking forward to enjoying myself, socializing with friends and neighbors and to meeting some new people,” McClinton said. “I’m sure this event will be a success. I hope everyone will come out and spend the day." McClinton and her staff will provide assistance for constituents applying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more

 

McClinton hosts shredding event to help avoid identity theft

(May 08, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, May 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 300 constituents of the 191 st Legislative District to her shredding event recently to help them properly dispose of papers containing personal information. "Identity theft remains a constant threat in our modern world," McClinton said. "That is why I am pleased to host this event again to offer a convenient way to safely dispose of confidential documents." McClinton said she wanted to thank the Burns Family and the Fresh Grocer for sponsoring the event and The Boys Scouts of America Cradle of Liberty Council for helping throughout the morning. Constituents shredded documents containing information such as Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks and bank statements, among others. Access photo gallery here . Read more

 

McClinton hosts Philadelphia Zoo event for local families

(Apr 25, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 25 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, recently hosted local families for a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo. Built on last year’s success, McClinton extended an invitation to the residents of the 191 st Legislative District again for this year. Families were able to receive information on a number of Pennsylvania Game Commission issues involving wildlife, conservation and wetlands. “I want to thank the Philadelphia Zoo, Principal Gaddy of W.C. Bryant Promise Academy Achievability and Bartram Village Resident Council for helping to make this visit possible,” McClinton said. “We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to see what their local zoo has to offer in education and attractions,” she said. "It’s also a great chance to enjoy a family friendly outlet within the community.” The Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, both rare and endangered. Seeing more than 1.2 million visitors per year, its mission is to leverage its platform as “America’s First Zoo” and serve as a model for children’s zoos nationwide. The 191 st District includes parts of west and southwest Philadelphia, as well as the boroughs of Darby and Yeadon. Read more

 

McClinton to host FREE shredding event and Community Day in May

(Apr 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., is hosting two free events in the Cobbs Creek community this May. A shredding event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Cobbs Creek Shopping Center; 5740 Baltimore Ave. Constituents are encouraged to bring unneeded paper items to be shredded for disposal, including old bills, health records and financial items, as well as any other paper items of a personal nature. “With the identity theft rate increasing every year, it’s our responsibility to educate people about this issue,” McClinton said. “Improper disposal of old documents is a leading cause of identity theft and we’re bringing the constituents the best defense against becoming a victim of this of crime by organizing shredding events.” McClinton is also inviting citizens to join her from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 2017’s Community Day on Saturday, May 20 at Add B. Anderson Elementary School, 1034 S. 60th St. According to McClinton, the event will feature a parade for peace, free health screenings, health and wellness information, children’s activities and main stage entertainment. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me meet with constituents face to face and outline for them the services they may not know they can utilize through my district office,” she said. “It also gives me a chance to discuss with them one-on-one the issues and problems that concern Read more

 

McClinton announces $7.9 million Pennvest investment for Susquehanna and Delaware estuaries

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila.\Delaware, announced today that the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary was awarded a grant for $7.9 million to construct a freshwater mussel hatchery. Originally proposed last year, the grant was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. “This hatchery will produce hundreds of thousands of mussels annually and contribute to the improvement of water quality in both the Susquehanna and Delaware estuaries,” McClinton said. The focus of this project is to restore historic populations of native mussel beds. Riparian buffers are normally used to play a key role in removing nitrogen and partially protecting a stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. Instead of buffers, the hatchery will be designed to filter out nutrients, particularly nitrogen, which run off the land and into hundreds of streams in both watersheds. It will provide for 4.3 million mussels in these areas and remove a higher amount of nitrogen. “In the years to come this investment will prove a positive environmental impact, as well as a financial one with significant cost reductions,” McClinton said. Pennvest serves the state of Pennsylvania by distributing grants and low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and Read more

 

McClinton: Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness

(Apr 18, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton thanks the House of Representatives for their unanimous support of her resolution recognizing April 10, 2017 as "National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania. The day of awareness is aimed at reducing infections among young people nationwide. Read more

 

4/12/17 – Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform – Philadelphia

(Apr 17, 2017)

Testimonies from House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by State Rep. Joanna McClinton. Read more

 

McClinton: Bail & Pretrial Procedure Reform Needed

(Apr 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee in South West Philadelphia for a discussion on reforming the pretrial and bail procedures in Pennsylvania. Many inmates are stuck in jail because they have pretrial issues or simply cannot afford bail which not only increases costs for taxpayers, but also has a human cost for the incarcerated and their families. Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties have instituted some reforms that have seen positive results and McClinton is looking to apply that statewide. Read more

 

McClinton, Policy Committee discuss pretrial and bail procedure reform

(Apr 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Southwest Leadership Academy to explore pretrial and bail procedure reform. “I am excited the House Democratic Policy Committee came to discuss how we can potentially reform the bail process. There may be better options for those who are not a flight risk and not accused of serious, dangerous crimes. Implementing a new bail process gives these people the option to continue to work and provide for their families. I look forward to further House consideration of my legislation,” McClinton said. McClinton has introduced House Bill 1092 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. “Representative McClinton’s hearing placed a spotlight on a reasonable effort that could ultimately save the taxpayers money. The reality is, the state is facing a $2 billion budget deficit and this is an innovative way to save while improving efficiency,” said state Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Testifiers included: Keir Bradford-Grey, chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Judge Benjamin Lerner (Ret.), Read more

 

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, Bullock to introduce bill to create community-based sentencing programs for women with children
Jul 27, 2017

Philadelphia lawmakers urge return to Harrisburg to finalize state budget, offer solutions to fix recurring revenue gap
Jul 18, 2017

Delaware County Lawmakers offer a mid-July Budget Update
Jul 13, 2017

McClinton Welcomes Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
Jun 28, 2017

McClinton Strikes a Blow to Stop and Gos
Jun 27, 2017

Bill to address 'stop and go' alcohol nuisance issue advances to full House
Jun 13, 2017

Governor Wolf Voices Support for House Bill that Makes Opioid Education Mandatory in Schools
Jun 08, 2017

Over 600 constituents attend McClinton’s 2017 Community Day
May 25, 2017

McClinton Cobbs Creek Community Day
May 24, 2017

McClinton on Merit Selection for Judges
May 09, 2017

McClinton to host 2017 Community Day at Cobbs Creek
May 09, 2017

McClinton hosts shredding event to help avoid identity theft
May 08, 2017

McClinton hosts Philadelphia Zoo event for local families
Apr 25, 2017

McClinton to host FREE shredding event and Community Day in May
Apr 24, 2017

McClinton announces $7.9 million Pennvest investment for Susquehanna and Delaware estuaries
Apr 19, 2017

McClinton: Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness
Apr 18, 2017

4/12/17 – Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform – Philadelphia
Apr 17, 2017

McClinton: Bail & Pretrial Procedure Reform Needed
Apr 13, 2017

McClinton, Policy Committee discuss pretrial and bail procedure reform
Apr 12, 2017

McClinton to host Policy Committee Hearing on Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform Wednesday in Philadelphia
Apr 07, 2017