Krajewski elected Chair of Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Rick Krajewski, D-Phila., was elected chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing during the commission’s quarterly meeting today.

“I’m truly honored that my colleagues on the commission have put their faith in me,” Krajewski said. “I look forward to serving as chair of the commission and I’m excited to figure out how I can be helpful in continuing to foster the relationship between the legislature and the commission.”

Krajewski is taking over as chair of the commission from Judge Tamara R. Bernstein, who started on the commission in 2017 and was elected as chair in 2022.

“Judge Berstein was always generous with her time when I was a new member, answering any questions I had and explaining to me the best ways to navigate sometimes difficult situations. I’m grateful for all of her support along the way,” he said.

The Commission on Sentencing is responsible for creating and maintaining sentencing guidelines, leading new research and consulting the legislature on policy. Krajewski has been a member of the commission since 2020 and was elected vice chair in 2022.   

“As a longtime advocate for criminal justice reform, and even more so, as someone with family that has been directly involved in the system, these issues are deeply personal and important to me,” said Krajewski. “I’m humbled to be given this position and can’t wait to get to work.”