McClinton to host Policy Committee Hearing on Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform Wednesday in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on pretrial and bail procedure reform at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at the Southwest Leadership Academy, 7101 Paschall Ave.

McClinton is introducing legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less costly criminal justice system. The bill would encourage and incentivize counties to establish pretrial service programs that utilize standards proven to reduce the monetary, and human cost of corrections.

The current agenda is:

                2 p.m.                  Welcome and opening remarks

                2:10 p.m.             Panel One:

  • Keir Bradford-Grey, chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Judge Benjamin Lerner, Deputy Managing Director for Criminal Justice, City of Philadelphia

                2:40 p.m.             Panel from County Commissioners of Pennsylvania: 

  • Maureen Barden, fellow
  • Kevin Barnhardt, Berks County commissioner

                3:10 p.m.             Panel from Pennsylvania Pretrial Association: 

  • Nicole Schnovel, board president (Berks County)
  • Shannon Danley, board treasurer (Dauphin County)
  • Maureen McManus, board director-past president (Lehigh County)
  • Janice Radovick-Dean, board director-past president (Allegheny County)
  • Robin Campbell, communications director, Pretrial Justice Institute

                4 p.m.                Closing remarks