Governor Wolf Applauds Senate for Unanimous Passage of Justice Reinvestment Initiatives Legislation

first_img April 25, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Applauds Senate for Unanimous Passage of Justice Reinvestment Initiatives Legislationcenter_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded and thanked the Senate for unanimous passage of a package of justice reinvestment initiatives, known as JRI 2, introduced by Senator Stewart Greenleaf.“Passage of JRI 2 legislation will establish solutions to the challenges that incarcerated individuals and those on parole face, ensuring fair, consistent sentencing, probation practices that are evidence-based, and initiatives that expand communications and compensation for crime victims,” Gov. Wolf said. “I applaud Senator Greenleaf and the entire Senate for passage of these important pieces of legislation that will help achieve the goals of a vastly improved criminal justice system.“The commonsense reforms under JRI 2 will help save taxpayers money and ensure that when people have served their time without incident they are able to reenter society in a timely manner so that our taxpayers are not footing the bill for extended prison stays after an individual has served their time.“JRI 2 will invest more resources in our county probation system to improve outcomes and increase the use of evidence-based best practices so that we can improve supervision and training to help probation officers work with individuals and make sure that we are only requiring those who present a real risk to go back for further supervision.“JRI 2 will also help improve sentencing guidelines to further reduce recidivism and will update sentencing guidelines to make sure that we are doing all we can to emphasize risk reduction and help make sure that people are only serving time in accordance with their violation – rather than ordering longer sentences for smaller violations.”The JRI2 package of bills include:SB 1071: Provides for release of ‘short-sentence’ offenders once a minimum sentence is reached and certain provisions are met, including no commission of violent crimes or certain sexual offenses, no gun or high-volume drug delivery offenses, and no misconduct while incarcerated. This will provide significant cost savings for the state.SB1071 also streamlines the process of accessing substance use disorder treatment for incarcerated individuals, which can lead to earlier release from prison.SB 1070: Reinvests savings generated by this bill will be used to create an Advisory Committee that will approve and finance the use of best practices in probation supervision statewide, using evidence-based practices to help county probation departments assess the unique risks and needs of each individual on probation.SB 1072: This bill improves the flow of information to crime victims by prosecutors and police and improves victim compensation for losses incurred during the crime.“We need to work to make our criminal justice system more fair, more equitable and more focused on rehabilitation, which JRI 2 will help do. Since I became governor, I have worked hard to reform our system so that it leads to better outcomes and saves taxpayer dollars – while also leading to less crime and fewer victims,” Gov. Wolf said.Governor Wolf led a call-to-action for criminal justice reform legislation, including JRI 2, at a press conference with Senator Greenleaf on April 12 at the Dauphin County Justice Center.last_img read more

Genuine therapists fight ‘tainted’ massage sector image

first_imgNZ Herald 18 April 2018Family First Comment: Family First quoted in this article, asking for a review of the Prostitution Reform Act which has failed both communities and vulnerable and abused women (and some men) who work in the so-called ‘industry’.Chia said some Chinese and Thai massage shops had tainted the sector and many New Zealanders now associated oriental massage and massage therapists with sex.At Jula Thai Massage in Kingsland, owner Oubonwan Tan has a sign warning customers that any form of sexual harassment will not be tolerated.“We only provide Thai massage treatment, it does not involve any sexual activities,” the sign reads.”We reserve the right to ask you to leave or to have you removed if you in breach to our staff (sic).”Tan, who had worked at several other Thai massage centres – including one that had been closed down following a Labour Inspectorate investigation – said therapists were often propositioned for sex acts.Family First New Zealand is calling for a critical review of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act and is opposed to calls to allow international students and other temporary migrants to work legally in the commercial sex industry.“Allowing migrants on student visa or work visa to work as prostitutes will simply open up a huge market for trafficking and exploitation which, based on anecdotal evidence, is already happening,” said spokesman Bob McCoskrie.“More and more vulnerable people are becoming victims because of the flawed decriminalisation of prostitution.”McCoskrie said a government report on prostitution after decriminalisation found that street workers experienced up to three times more violence than other workers including rape, holding against will and physical violence – which were reported less than 20 per cent of the time.“How can we be serious about reducing sexual violence against women when the state legitimises the sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable people,” he said.“There is a healthy stigma against prostitution, and for good reason.”Debbie Wiesehan, manager of Streetreach, said she would hate for New Zealand to be known as a place where women could come to work in prostitution.Wiesehan said many migrant sex workers feared authorities and weren’t reporting exploitation because they were afraid of their minder or immigration status.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Tipp’s Quinlan says O’Brien shouldn’t play

first_imgAfter pulling out of the game in Rome during the warm up Sean O’Brien’s scan has revealed only minor damage and he will train tomorrow.It’s confirmed Rory Best picked up a concussion but should be able to play next weekend while Johnny Sexton, Eoin Reddan, Jamie Heaslip and Dave Kearney are all fit.But ex Munster and Ireland forward Alan Quinlan doesn’t think Sean O’Brien should be included to face France as he hasn’t played enough rugby lately: Johnny Sexton will now be available for the match but it’s unclear if he’ll start as he hasn’t played since November.Ireland take on France at the Aviva on Saturday with kick-off at 5 o’clock.last_img read more