Goals & Accomplishments

Goals

To work for a fair and balanced criminal justice system that
incorporates justice and mercy for all

 

To educate and inform the public on criminal justice issues
and how the system can be improved

 

To research policies and procedures to determine their effectiveness

 

To reduce the cost of incarceration to save taxpayer dollars that can be
used for other public needs and to encourage known treatment.

 

To promote effective alternative sentencing for nonviolent crimes to cut
the high cost of incarceration and create safer communities

 

To encourage re-entry management organizations across Pennsylvania
to help reduce the high percentage of ex-prisoners committing
new crimes and returning to prison

 

To work for greater access inside prisons for faith
and community-based services

 

To increase church and community awareness and involvement
in how they can provide help to victims, prisoners and ex-prisoners
and their families through a restorative justice vision

 

To work for an end to prison abuse and develop more
rehabilitative programs that demonstrate success

 

To support community policing efforts for higher visibility in neighborhoods,
working with residents to reduce crime and build safer, more harmonious communities

To work for a fair and balanced criminal justice system that
incorporates justice and mercy for all

 

To educate and inform the public on criminal justice issues
and how the system can be improved

 

To research policies and procedures to determine their effectiveness

 

To reduce the cost of incarceration to save taxpayer dollars that can be
used for other public needs and to encourage known treatment.

 

To promote effective alternative sentencing for nonviolent crimes to cut
the high cost of incarceration and create safer communities

 

To encourage re-entry management organizations across Pennsylvania
to help reduce the high percentage of ex-prisoners committing
new crimes and returning to prison

 

To work for greater access inside prisons for faith
and community-based services

 

To increase church and community awareness and involvement
in how they can provide help to victims, prisoners and ex-prisoners
and their families through a restorative justice vision

 

To work for an end to prison abuse and develop more
rehabilitative programs that demonstrate success

 

To support community policing efforts for higher visibility in neighborhoods,
working with residents to reduce crime and build safer, more harmonious communities

Accomplishments

Conduct forums throughout the state to educate the
public on criminal justice issues, which have included the
Commonwealth Forum on Criminal Justice Reform that
lead to the implementation of the Commission to Study
Wrongful Conviction in Pennsylvania

 

Promote alternative sentencing that treats root causes of
crime and reduces the high cost of corrections

 

Compile research information through numerous
reputable sources and study reports to make
recommendations based on the facts

 

Appraise effective programs with proven results

 

Meet with public officials on judicial and penal
concerns and call for public hearings on subjects such as
correctional methods using verified rehabilitation that has
lead to reduced crime

 

Helped pass key progressive legislation such as changes
to the judicial system to ascertain innocent people are not
incarcerated, and incentives for inmates to receive treatment
and demonstrate good behavior so they are less likely to
reoffend upon release

 

Communicate justice issues on the websites, through
legislative hearings and interactions, media and other
venues to motivate discussions, develop interactive outreach
and help with grass root efforts for support on statewide
issues to provide solutions to crime

 

Encourage job placement and mentoring which have
been shown to reduce the repeat rate of crime and make tax
contributors of ex-offenders as well as create redeemed lives
for them and their families

 

Interview people in prison and conduct prison tours to
ascertain the law and proper justice are being administered

 

Serve on a number of local and state committees to
contribute on making key decisions for the future of
criminal justice in Pennsylvania