The Pennsylvania Legislature recently passed two bills that firmly establish Pennsylvania as a national leader on criminal justice reform. Senate Bills 500 and 501, which are part of the second phase of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI 2), passed with bi-partisan support in the House and Senate and will be signed by Gov. Tom Wolf.
“This is a much-needed step toward making Pennsylvania’s corrections system more efficient, more cost-effective, and better equipped to protect public safety,” said Commonwealth Foundation President and CEO Charles Mitchell. “These bills build on Pennsylvania’s landmark Justice Reinvestment Initiative of 2012 and last year’s Clean Slate Act by prioritizing resources on violent criminals so we can focus on making communities safer while helping non-violent former inmates reintegrate into society.”