As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary

As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary

As part of a continued movement to reform the state’s criminal justice system, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman formally announced Monday that he has tapped Brandon Flood, a veteran legislative staffer and lobbyist, as secretary of the state’s Board of Pardons.

Fetterman and a bevy of lawmakers said at a press conference that Flood’s appointment would open up a more efficient and empathetic era for the Board of Pardons. Flood himself was formally pardoned earlier this year for a pair of drug and firearm charges when he was 17 and 22, respectively.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Legislators, veterans highlight need for smoother pathway between military service, professional licenses

Legislators, veterans highlight need for smoother pathway between military service, professional licenses

Legislators are plotting a renewed push to streamline professional licensure for veterans in an attempt to make it easier to use experience obtained during military service towards securing a college degree or job certification.

Both military and civilian officials told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Monday that work is needed to reduce the time and expense needed for veterans to obtain licensing in fields ranging from teaching to becoming an EMT.
Monday, March 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

Legislators have made clear their intentions to continue efforts to trim Pennsylvania’s prison population, pointing to cost savings and the need to make the state’s criminal justice system more equitable.

But despite several major criminal justice reform measures already being introduced, the General Assembly is still in the early stages of charting its course forward on the matter. While none of the bills have gotten hearings as of yet, lawmakers have their sights set on altering the state’s probation system, moving away from cash bail and updating a major criminal justice law already on the books.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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VIDEO: Tuesday brought multiple events and opinions on pipelines to the Capitol

VIDEO: Tuesday brought multiple events and opinions on pipelines to the Capitol

Multiple legislators and advocates attended press conferences around the Capitol Tuesday morning where pipelines were seen in two differnt lights. 

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) led one press conference that focused on the benefits of pipelines, while across the Capitol, Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) hosted a group who were fighting for safe pipeline legislation and talked about the negative impacts some counties are seeing due to certain pipelines. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines

Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines

Mirroring bipartisan efforts in over 30 other states, lawmakers from both parties unveiled a bill aimed at reducing the number of Pennsylvanians on probation Monday at the state Capitol.

Senate Bill 14 would standardize guidelines issued to county probation officers as to what constitutes a technical parole violation. It would also aim to curb those technical violations, cap the total length of probation ordered for a defendant and allow termination of parole for those who demonstrate good behavior.
Monday, January 28, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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