McClinton appointed to take lead education and outreach role on PA Commission on Sentencing

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced her appointment as chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.


McClinton was the first woman from the House of Representatives to serve on the commission in 2017. She is also the first woman and African American to serve as chair of the House Democratic Caucus.


As chair of the commission’s standing committee, McClinton is charged with overseeing sentencing, correctional and parole statutes and appellate court decisions, providing direction to courts and practitioners, coordinating efforts to implement guidelines for fines and economic sanctions, sentencing and resentencing, and parole.


“Beginning with my tenure as a public defender I have been a strong advocate for criminal justice reform across our commonwealth. My main priorities are both keeping our communities safe and ensuring that the criminal justice system actually provides just outcomes,” McClinton said. “I am honored to serve as chair of this standing committee to further promote a fair sentencing and parole system.”


As state representative, McClinton's efforts on criminal justice reform include hosting events to help returning citizens apply for pardons or expungements and introducing legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less costly criminal justice system.


Created in 1978 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Commission on Sentencing is charged with creating and maintaining a consistent and rational statewide sentencing policy through the adoption of guidelines that promote fairer and more uniform sentencing throughout the Commonwealth.