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FAMM Applauds Introduction of New Pennsylvania Probation Reform Bill
Harrisburg, PA – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill issued the following statement in response to Pennsylvania Rep. Jordan Harris’ introduction of a new probation reform bill in the Keystone State:
At FAMM, we hear too many stories of people stuck on probation for years or even decades, trying to live normal lives with the threat of returning to prison looming for relatively minor mistakes. We applaud Rep. Harris for supporting reforms that limit the stacking of probation sentences on top of each other, let people earn their way off of probation sooner when they follow the rules, and allow people to petition to get off of probation after a year with no violations. These concepts aren’t new or revolutionary, and they are good ideas for Pennsylvania. We urge the legislature to address the important issue of probation reform as soon as possible.
For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a more fair and effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending a one-size-fits-all punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies in 6 states and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.
FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safeguard taxpayer dollars and keep our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM is helping transform America’s criminal justice system by uniting the voices of impacted families and individuals and elevating the issues all across the country.
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