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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_imgIt garnered more than 1.5 million ‘likes’ within 12 hours of it being posted in the United States where Barcelona are on a pre-season tour.Three of the ‘likes’ came from PSG players — winger Angel Di Maria, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and midfielder Marco Verratti.French newspaper Le Parisien fuelled speculation Friday with an unsourced report that Neymar had told several Barcelona teammates of his intentions to join PSG, adding that the transfer is considered a done deal by some Barcelona players.That echoes media company Esporte Interativo’s insistence that an agreement has been reached for Neymar to move to the French capital from Barcelona, where he has played since 2013.On Tuesday, PSG skipper — and fellow Brazilian — Thiago Silva gave a digital thumbs up to a mocked-up photo montage published by Esporte Interativo showing Neymar in a PSG shirt along with compatriots and prospective teammates in France.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde described the ongoing saga as a “time of rumours”.“We understand it’s how it is. He is with us right now, one of us,” said Valverde in East Rutherford where his team plays Juventus in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.A fan storms the field to hug Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar during a training session in Harrison, New Jersey © AFP / Jewel SAMADThat match will give Neymar a chance to display his coveted skills for the first time this summer.“He’s a player we love and we want,” Valverde said. “Not only football wise, but also for the things he brings to the locker room.“There’s no need to worry about something we don’t know if it’s going to happen or not. If it happens in the future, we’ll see.”PSG skipper Thiago Silva told Le Parisien he had no idea if the Brazilian star was about to switch to the French capital.“I don’t know. I hear a lot from journalists and a player like Neymar would be an interesting addition to the PSG project,” said Thiago, speaking in Florida — where the French club takes on Tottenham in a friendly on Saturday.“But, for the moment, it is especially important to prepare for the new season. After and if Neymar arrives it would be a good thing for the squad.”Is Neymar going to sign? “Not yet,” smiled the captain.– ‘The future of the club’ –In Spain, it was reported by Catalan media group RAC 1 that “certain players” at Barcelona have already tried to convince Neymar not to accept the PSG offer which would dwarf the 105 million euros Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba.Javier Mascherano said Neymar was “the future” of Barcelona as the Argentine pleaded with the striker to stay put.“In the case of Ney, obviously he is young, and I hope he’s here with Barcelona for many more years,” Mascherano told American sports network ESPN.“He is a really important player for the club. Because of his age, he’s the future of the club, and we hope we can keep on counting on him.”However, it’s believed the Brazilian is being seduced by the immense wealth on offer to him from the Qatari owners of PSG and by the opportunity to have a team built around him.The daily Sport newspaper also claimed that Luis Suarez has also attempted to persuade Neymar not to split up the MSN frontline at Barcelona made up of Lionel Messi, Suarez and the Brazilian star.Catalunya Radio said that the deal is “95 percent complete”.One of the keys would be the payment to Neymar’s father and agent of a “premium exceeding the 40 million” paid when the player controversially moved to Spain from Santos.Other reports have claimed that Neymar senior has recently met with, or is about to meet, PSG sporting director Antero Henrique.However, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre insisted Tuesday that it is “200 percent” certain that Neymar will stay at the club.In a public game of tit-for-tat pronouncements, PSG coach Unai Emery hailed the Brazilian.“Neymar has advanced his game massively and today he is one of the five best in the world,” said Emery.“Our president is working hard to attract top players and our fans would be content to count on a new top player to go along with the talent we already have.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar takes part in a training session in Harrison, New Jersey, before their match against Juventus FC © AFP / Jewel SAMADPARIS, France, Jul 22 – Neymar’s decision to post a photo of himself in thoughtful contemplation sparked a fresh wave of speculation that he is on the verge of sealing a world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.The Instagram picture, even accompanied by a matching emoji, shows the 25-year-old Brazilian superstar stretched out on the pitch with his chin resting on his left hand.last_img read more