Senate probation reform bill faces pushback from advocates who say they prefer the status quo
The bill, SB 913, which is currently before the House Judiciary Committee after passing the Senate in December, is based on several other pieces of previously introduced legislation.
An Open Letter to Meek Mill: Pa. needs real probation reform | Opinion
We need real probation reform. The bill now before the General Assembly isn't it.
Pa. Senate approves bill reforming probation system, sends to House for consideration
The proposal, authored by Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, would establish mandatory review conferences, guidelines for sending a nonviolent offender on probation to jail.
Some Pa. counties aren’t waiting on Harrisburg to reform their probation rules | Opinion
As it turns out, the state Legislature has another chance to do the right thing and reform probation in 2021.
The Pa. Legislature must do better on probation reform next session | Opinion
Too often, systems are reactionary to incidences in the media with the pendulum swinging from one extreme to another.
Don’t be fooled by PA legislators’ probation ‘reform’ | Opinion
The probation system in Pennsylvania is in dire need of reform. Two bills now before the General Assembly make the problem worse.
‘A Pyrrhic victory’: Pa. Senate sends House probation bill that reformers say doesn’t fix a broken and expensive system
Right now, Pennsylvania is one of the few states in the nation that does not put a firm limit on community supervision sentences.
Changes to landmark Senate bill overhauling Pa.’s probation system costs it support among criminal justice reformers
The bill aimed to cut costs and and reduce prison populations by reducing the amount of time someone can spend under probation.
Exclusive: Two-thirds of Pa. voters favor bipartisan probation reform bill, poll | Monday Morning Coffee
The bill was radically amended in committee - much to the chagrin of reform activists
Pardoned by Wolf, Philadelphia man’s prison release blocked by decades-old theft charges
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he was warned weeks ago that the Delaware County DA might pursue charges against David Sheppard.
Meek Mill and Michael Rubin highlight another example of criminal injustice
“Situations like this keep me grounded and focused on my mission for reform that I dedicated myself to two years ago," Mill said.
A ‘Kafkaesque Hell:’ 3 Questions on Pa’s probation system with CNN’s Van Jones | Tuesday Morning Coffee
An effort to reform a system that Jones says is a 'spiderweb of Catch-22s' has brought together both Republicans and Democrats.