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FAMM Disheartened by Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s Changes to Probation Reform Bill
HARRISBURG – FAMM’s Pennsylvania State Policy Director Celeste Trusty released the following statement after the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee removed several important probation system reforms from HB 1555:
“It is disheartening that many of this bill’s common sense and transformative reforms that had broad bipartisan support have been replaced with provisions that harm the people it was trying to help. Common sense probation reform can’t wait. We urge the House and Senate to restore HB 1555 to its original terms and make Pennsylvania’s probation system one that helps people succeed, instead of trapping them in a cycle of failure.
“The new version of this bill maintains excessive probation terms and lengthy incarceration for technical probation violations, subjects some probationers to warrantless searches at the whims of probation officers, limits earned time credit only to those who take the extraordinary step of earning a college degree while on supervision and extends punishment for people too poor to pay restitution.”
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.