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FAMM Supports Pa. Justice Reinvestment Reform Package
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Today, FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill submitted written testimony to the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee in support of SB 500, SB 501, and SB 502. The three bills, collectively known as “Justice Reinvestment II,” would reform county probation services, create automatic parole for people serving sentences of two years or less, and expand access to compensation for crime victims.
Gill also issued the following statement in support of the bills:
Passing Justice Reinvestment II is a commitment to a more cost-effective justice system in Pennsylvania. No one is better off when we put spouses, parents, and breadwinners in prison for too long or when they don’t need to be there. These bills will ensure that more low-risk people get access to probation sentences, drug treatment, and earlier parole. This will generate savings that will be used to prevent and reduce crime and make victims whole. Families and communities are depending on the House to join the Senate and pass these bills 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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