Senator Wagner Remarks
HARRISBURG – Advocates from across the state rallied in the state Capitol Rotunda on Thursday to urge reforms to the criminal justice system.
Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) kicked off the event by highlighting recent bipartisan success for “Clean Slate” legislation.
“It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat,” Wagner said of his legislation he introduced with Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware).
Wagner and Williams are leading an effort that would automatically seal the criminal records for those charged with a non-violent misdemeanor after ten years. The reform measure was recently highlighted in Catalyst, a quarterly publication published by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.
Delivering a fiery speech demanding changes to the criminal justice system, Tracey Fisher, CEO of Gateway to Re-Entry, touched on his own experiences and efforts to reform the system.
“This country was founded on second chances,” Fisher noted, explaining the importance of criminal justice reforms needed in Pennsylvania.
Judith Trustone of the Global Kindness Revolution; Berks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher; criminal justice reform advocate Brice H. Smith; Dr. Siyu Liu, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg; and Sharon Browning all made remarks at the event at the Capitol.