McClinton joins Judiciary Committee, seeks criminal justice reform

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, has been appointed to serve on the key House Judiciary Committee, where she plans to push for criminal justice reform.

"Having served as an assistant public defender in Philadelphia for seven years, I am very familiar with how our criminal justice system works and how it needs to work better, to keep our communities safe and to help ex-offenders reintegrate into society," McClinton said. "I also plan to work with members from both parties on vital issues such as reining in civil forfeiture, which is the legal process where a district attorney can take someone's property without them having been convicted of a crime."

The Judiciary Committee reviews bills relating to law enforcement and corrections. It has oversight over a number of state agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, Attorney General's Office, Department of Corrections, the State Ethics Commission, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Office of General Counsel, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing and the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission. The committee also evaluates prison staffing and inmate populations and housing conditions.

McClinton will also join the Liquor Control Committee for the first time, where she plans to work on addressing the issue of "stop and gos" in Philadelphia. The committee handles legislation dealing with the state’s Liquor Code and oversees the operations of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, as well as the control of liquor by slot machine operators under the Gaming Control Board. The committee reviews any bills relating to the sale or distribution of alcohol in Pennsylvania.

McClinton will continue serving on three additional committees: Children and Youth, Human Services and Professional Licensure. She has also been elected as secretary/treasurer of the Philadelphia County Delegation for the new session.

In addition to criminal justice reform, her legislative interests include improving educational opportunities and creating good jobs, particularly for economically disadvantaged areas such as the 191st District.

McClinton encourages 191st District residents to sign up for periodic e-mail updates by registering through her website, Constituents also can stay up to date with news from Harrisburg and Philadelphia by adding her on Facebook at and following her on Twitter at