PLBC hosts meet and greet luncheon with Philadelphia Eagles

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today hosted a meet and greet luncheon with players from the Philadelphia Eagles. During the luncheon, PLBC members and Philadelphia Eagles players discussed criminal justice reform efforts taking place in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Eagles players in attendance included: Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long.

Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila., applauded the players for using their platform to uplift Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents.

“Beyond being stellar athletes, they have been a vital part of the conversation around criminal justice reform in our nation,” Harris said. “It’s time to remove the scarlet letter that prevents many Pennsylvanians from being able to receive gainful employment, adequate housing and loans to pursue a post-secondary education. If passed, our clean slate bill would be the first of its kind anywhere in the country.”

Harris and Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, have introduced H.B. 1419 which would implement automatic sealing of records with no action required by the person. Harris said he believes clean slate legislation can get passed this session, but only if both parties reach a compromise to improve outcomes for all Pennsylvanians.

State Reps. Donna Bullock and Joanna McClinton, both D-Phila., discussed their experience today. Bullock is the vice chairwoman of the PLBC.

“I admire athletes who use their platform to raise awareness of criminal justice reform and other issues both on and off the field,” Bullock said. “Hopefully their presence and advocacy can help us move this legislation along.”

“I am so appreciative to Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long for coming to Harrisburg to advocate for criminal justice reform,” McClinton said. “After spending years in Philadelphia courtrooms as an assistant public defender, I am well aware of the positive changes that need to be made in Harrisburg. However, having these gentlemen use their influence to help persuade my colleagues is priceless. I look forward to future opportunities to work with them until we truly achieve justice for all.”

“If a person has served their time, especially for a non-violent offense, then they shouldn’t be denied opportunities to improve their life,” Harris said. “We have to fully reintegrate residents back into society and remove them from the social and financial underclass that a criminal record places them in. It’s time to get clean slate passed and move our commonwealth forward.”