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first_img June 10, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – As Criminal Justice Reform Caucus members and guests spoke at a press conference today about reentry and reintegration, Gov. Tom Wolf commended the caucus for its bi-partisan commitment to commonsense criminal justice reform.“The caucus’ shared goal of advancing commonsense criminal justice reform is vital to giving those who have served their time a second chance,” Gov. Wolf said. “We know that effective reentry strategies reduce recidivism and increase public safety, and I commend the caucus for viewing this important, ongoing effort through a bi-partisan lens, focused on individuals, not political party.”Reentry and reintegration are priorities for Gov. Wolf, the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole with programs in place to help inmates and parolees overcome barriers to post-incarceration success.Every year the DOC releases 19,000 individuals back into their communities following incarceration. DOC provides inmates with a variety of educational and vocational programs to teach them skills that they can use after incarceration to obtain and maintain life-sustaining jobs.Inmates who receive training while still incarnated have a better chance at success once released from prison.For those who don’t have a stable home environment to return to, the journey of reentry begins at one of dozens of community correction centers (CCC) throughout the commonwealth. The continuity of the services at these facilities can make the transition back into the community smoother for the reentrant.In addition to employment and housing, many reentrants suffer from substance use disorder and the DOC works to ensure access to community programs like mental health care, substance abuse treatment and support groups in order to successfully reenter into society. A collaborative effort with the Opioid Command Center is also underway to ensure reentrants have a bridge from treatment they’ve received in prison to community-based treatment and recovery services.Gov. Wolf has made criminal justice reform a priority, working with both sides of the aisle on multiple initiatives, including:• A Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.• Signing the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.• Signing Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.• Signing Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.• Signing Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.• Signing Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.• Experiencing a record decline in the state’s prison population, while also experiencing a drop in crime.Gov. Wolf has also called for additional reforms, including passage and implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI 2, to address the high cost of incarceration in the state, to strengthen support for county probation programs, and to fix inadequate sentencing guidelines; reforming the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system; and reforming the post-trial criminal justice system to ensure work towards rehabilitation of individuals and preparation to reenter society, rather than creating further risks for recidivism.“We all have a stake in helping give those who have paid their debt to society every possible chance to succeed when they return to their communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Many of these bi-partisan reforms are doing just that and I look forward to seeing additional commonsense reforms come to my desk.” Gov. Wolf Commends Bi-Partisan Commitment to Criminal Justice Reformcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgHeerenveen winger, Chidera Ejuke, has opened up on how he missed a chance to feature for Premier League giants, Liverpool four years ago. “If I had taken that chance, it would have been a different story, but it was a good experience. That missed opportunity became a source of motivation for me and it helped me grow as a player. I had tasted Europe and now I wanted more.” The forward left Nigeria in 2017 after playing for Gombe United in the NPFL to start his European career in Norway with Valerenga. Ejuke made a key impact during his two-year stay with the Intility Arena outfit which saw a number of European clubs jostle for his signature. The winger, however, signed for Dutch club Heerenveen in the summer of 2019 after snubbing interests from Besiktas, Lazio and Roma. Since his arrival at Abe Lenstra Stadium, the 22-year-old has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in 29 appearances across all competitions and ended the 2019-20 season as one of the top dribblers in the Dutch top-flight. read also:Amuneke to Rohr: Chidera Ejuke, Awoniyi deserve Eagles chance The forward has represented Nigeria at the U17 and U20 level and will hope to continue his development with the Super Frisians in the 2020-2021 season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…center_img The forward revealed he was scouted at the age of 18 and went on to have a trial with the Reds but failed to impress at Anfield and had to return to Nigeria disappointed. The 22-year-old, who shone for Heerenveen during the 2019-20 campaign, revealed the incident has always inspired him to perform better. “When I was just 18-years-old and still living in Nigeria, there was a scouting programme on the other side of the country,” Ejuke told Voetbal. “I was picked out together with three peers by a scout from England. We were allowed to have a trial at Liverpool. It was the first time that I left my country and then also for an internship in my dream competition. “We were warmly welcomed at Liverpool. We did an internship there for a few weeks, it went pretty well, but I probably wasn’t good enough. “Liverpool was not interested and so we had to return to Nigeria. That was just as tough. This was the opportunity I had been dreaming about all these years and if it doesn’t work out, it’s bitter. It felt like I had let down my agent and my family.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bosnian tennis player Aldin Šetkić confirmed once again that he is the absolute “king of the Futures” by winning the ITF Tournament in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt.Šetkić defeated in the finals of tournament worth 10 000 Dollars Allesandro Bega from Italy with 6-1, 6-4.Just as the week before, this tennis player from Sarajevo easily won the match.Next week Šetkić will play in Egypt too. When all points will be added, from the week before and this one, Šetkić will hold around 211. place at the list.(Source: Oslobođenje)last_img read more