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AFP-PA Commends Senate for Passing Probation Reform

Jul 15, 2020 by AFP

Harrisburg, Pa. – Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA) commended the state Senate for unanimously passing SB 14, which would make much-needed reforms to Pennsylvania’s probation system that will help people stay crime-free, and become productive citizens while allowing resources to be better focused on greater public safety needs. The grassroots group now urges House lawmakers to move quickly on the bill.

AFP-PA State Director Ashley Klingensmith issued the following statement:

“Too often, Pennsylvania’s probation system sets up individuals for failure, not success. The community supervision period should be an opportunity to help citizens get back on their feet, but too often it traps people in a cycle of going back to prison for minor infractions of their probation. These types of sanctions do not increase public safety and hold individuals back from reentering society.

“We have a long way to go, but reforming our probation system is a helpful step toward restoring trust between communities and the justice system. We look forward to working with a broad coalition to do what is right and pursue additional criminal justice reforms.”

For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or 703.887.7724