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Over 70 helped at free criminal record expungement clinic

(Oct 22, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., held a free criminal record expungement and sealing clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 17. “We successfully helped over 70 people start the process of criminal record expungement,” McClinton said. “It is essential that those who have done their time in the criminal justice system get a second chance at a better life. I want to thank Senator Anthony Williams, the lawyers helping here and volunteering their time, and all of our partners for joining us in this effort to get folks back on their feet, and out of the criminal justice system.” Second chance and job resources were available for all people in attendance. Those who received assistance met these qualifications: Only Philadelphia County arrests. Non-conviction charges or summary convictions with no arrests in the past five years. No current criminal charges. Not be serving probation time. Some second- and third-degree misdemeanor convictions were sealed if 10 years had passed. McClinton partnered with Williams, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Community Legal Services and the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for this event. Pennsylvania’s newly expanded Clean Slate law, signed in June, expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by filing petitions. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler Read more


McClinton commends action to help the wrongfully convicted

(Oct 10, 2018)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton is applauding today’s House passage of two bills aimed at helping innocent people challenge their wrongful conviction. “Far too often, we see individuals sent to prison for crimes they didn’t commit,” McClinton, D-Phila., explained. “This bipartisan effort is a major win for criminal justice reform that not only gives people the second chance they deserve but also saves taxpayers in the process.” The first piece of legislation (H.B. 2307) would improve the Post-Conviction Relief Act by extending the time a person has to submit new DNA or other types of evidence supporting a claim of innocence from 60 days to within one year it’s made available. It also provides protections for crime victims and witnesses from improper investigative tactics by explicitly requiring investigators to identify themselves along with their reason for contact. The other (H.B. 2308) would update Pennsylvania’s current law by making DNA more accessible by: Allowing those who pleaded guilty to be eligible for testing : courts have interpreted current law to bar people who pleaded guilty from accessing post-conviction DNA testing. Removing the supervision requirement to obtain DNA testing post-conviction : currently, a person must be incarcerated, on parole or probation to be eligible. Clarifying that testing is permitted with newer technology : even if DNA testing was previously conducted, Read more


Veterans Resource Fair & Luncheon

(Oct 04, 2018)

Are you or someone you know in our community a veteran? We are honoring our nation’s heroes by holding our 3 rd Annual Veteran’s Resource Fair and Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave . Veterans and their families can enjoy a FREE lunch, while learning about programs and resources aimed at helping those who served our country. Read more


Get a fresh start, clear your record

(Oct 04, 2018)

State Rep. Joanna McClinton is inviting residents to her free Expungement Clinic. Read more


McClinton announces $62,000 grant for Yeadon Public Library

(Sep 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – A $61,700 Keystone Library Grant will fund major renovations to the Yeadon Public Library, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced today. McClinton said the funds will be used to bring the building’s restrooms into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and install efficient HVAC, windows and lighting. “Libraries can create strong bonds in our neighborhoods. They help students with their school work, people looking for employment, and provide seniors with a place to spend time with friends,” McClinton said. “This grant will continue strengthening that bond while keeping the Yeadon Public Library a destination for everyone to enjoy in the years to come.” McClinton added the Yeadon Public Library recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of being founded in 1937 by the Women’s Club of Yeadon. It also commemorated its 50th anniversary of relocating to its current facility in 1967. The grant – part of a package of $6.8 million in grants to 27 public libraries statewide – is funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. The state Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries administers the public library portion of the program, which is funded from a portion of realty transfer taxes. Grants are competitive and must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the library’s municipality. Read more


McClinton announces $1.2 million in grants for the 191st Legislative District

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced more than $1.2 million in state grants have been awarded for various projects throughout the 191st Legislative District, which covers portions of Delaware and Philadelphia counties. The grants – approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – include $250,000 for a dock expansion at Bartram’s Garden public park, $200,000 to help renovate the McCreesh Recreation Center, $424,641 to replace sewer lines in Yeadon, and $358,011 for sewer line rehabilitation in Darby. McClinton said the grant for Bartram’s Garden public park will help expand the existing dock along the Schuylkill River by 2,400 square feet and lower it closer to the water for easier access to kayakers and people with disabilities. The total cost for the project is $511,216. The grant for the McCreesh Recreation Center will assist with renovating the building’s roof, HVAC system, bathrooms, kitchen, and lighting. It will cost $287,500 to complete the project. “It’s always great for the people of Southwest Philadelphia when investments like these are made to help better our community,” McClinton said. “These grants are crucial and will help enhance our recreational areas that are utilized by many families and will provide enjoyment for years to come.” McClinton said the grant awarded to Darby will help fund the repairing of sewer lines along 13th Read more


McClinton Senior Appreciation Fair a success

(Sep 12, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed more than 300 constituents to her Healthy from Head to Toe Senior Appreciation Fair. The event featured health screenings by Sayre Health Center and Health Partners Plans, fitness demonstrations from BeautiFitStrong and performances by The Guiding Lights Quintet and Jakeya Sanders. “I’m happy to be able to bring organizations and agencies together to make these opportunities easily accessible for older adults in our community,” said McClinton. “This event offered a one-stop shop for everything seniors might need and a wealth of information important to our older family members and neighbors.” McClinton honored constituents 90 and older with a legislative acknowledgement. Attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as PACE/PACENET prescription drug plans and Property Tax/Rent Rebate, among others. Health and wellness vendors included the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, JEVS at Home, Always Best Care, Philadelphia Gas Works and the office of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. McClinton said she wanted to thank Cigna Health Spring, Presbyterian Homes, Hardy Williams Academy High School, community partners and volunteers. Access photo gallery here . Read more


McClinton Helping Seniors Stay Healthy & Happy

(Sep 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted her Healthy from Head to Toe Senior Appreciation Fair in the Kingsessing section of SW Philadelphia, to provide her "wisest neighbors" and their families with information on living a happy and healthy lifestyle. The fair also provided local entertainment and a fish fry in appreciation for all that seniors have done and continue to do for their communities. Read more


McClinton welcomes 120 students during Back to School event in Darby

(Sep 06, 2018)

DARBY, Sept. 6 – To help students get the tools they need to have a successful school year, state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted her 2nd Annual Back to School Resource Fair at the Darby Borough Recreation Center. “Our students are in line to become the next generation of leaders,” McClinton said. “That is why we have to provide them with the resources they need to lead. My Back to School Resource Fair is just one of the many initiatives I have to ensure that our younger residents are successful.” McClinton added more than 100 families attended the fair and 120 children received supplies and book bags to start the school year strong. Students also received free haircuts and styles from Yasmeen’s Clean Cuts and BBC Beauty Academy. There were 20 local exhibitors in attendance – including representatives from Aetna, Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Public Citizens for Children and Youth, the Maternity Care Coalition and the William Penn School District – providing information on health care and school safety to attendees. McClinton was joined by Mayor Helen Thomas, Darby Borough Council President Darlene Hill, Council members Darren Burrell and Donald Deigh, Darby Police Chief Robert Smythe and Lieutenant Joseph Gabe. “I would like to thank our corporate sponsors as well as the residents of the 191st Legislative District. With their help, the event was a success, and several students now have Read more


McClinton to host Senior Appreciation Fair Sept. 7

(Aug 29, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host her “Healthy From Head to Toe” Senior Appreciation Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at Presbyterian Homes, 2050 S. 58th St., 19143. The event will offer screenings and other health-related services, resources from area agencies such as insurance and health-care providers, a senior fitness class, dance competitions and musical guests. Seniors also will have an opportunity to have their picture taken for their SEPTA Key ID card. Lunch will be provided. "This is a great opportunity to meet with a number of agencies and companies that cater to our wisest neighbors – senior citizens," McClinton said. "I look forward to meeting many of our seniors as we pursue healthier lives together!” McClinton and her staff also will provide seniors with information and tools to help live healthy lives. For more information, constituents can call McClinton's district office at (215) 748-6712. Read more


Summer 2018 newsletter

(Aug 15, 2018)

Check out Rep. McClinton's summer 2018 newsletter Read more


Over 1,200 constituents attend McClinton & Cephas’ 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam

(Aug 14, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., welcomed more than 1,200 constituents of the 191st and 192nd Legislative Districts to the Third Annual 60th Street Health and Wellness Summer Jam, where families could enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. “We always look forward to this amazing event because it gets better every year. Not only do we provide resources, but we connect people. We unite our communities even more,” McClinton said. “Back in the day, neighbors wouldn’t cross from one side to another. Events like the Summer Jam prove that we can come together to make our communities a better place for all.” The Summer Jam began with a March for Peace escorted by the Philadelphia Police Explorers and the Philadelphia Drill Teams West Powelton and Magic Music. The event featured health screenings, exercise demonstrations, children’s activities, live performances, food and refreshments. With more than 50 exhibitors, attendees also had the opportunity to gather information on a variety of local organizations and state programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and the state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. McClinton said she wanted to thank AETNA, JEVS at Home, McDonald Building Company, Health Partners Plans, community partners and volunteers. The event was co-hosted by Philadelphia councilmembers Curtis Jones Jr. and Jannie Read more


McClinton annual Back to School Community Resource Fair is Sept. 4

(Aug 13, 2018)

DARBY, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, will host her annual Delaware County Back to School Community Resource Fair from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby. "I love seeing children so excited to start the school year," McClinton said. "I want to encourage that excitement with the school supplies giveaway. The kids aren’t just receiving pens or notebooks. They are being empowered to succeed in school, and when they succeed, we as a community succeed.” Local vendors will provide free haircuts and hairstyles in addition to the free school supplies. Refreshments will be available. “It is a priority that parents and students have access to the critical resources they need to thrive,” McClinton said. “My staff and I will be there to talk to residents about how to improve education in the district, as well as answer any state-related questions they may have.” McClinton said students must reside in the 191 st Legislative District , which includes parts of Philadelphia and all of Darby and part of Yeadon in Delaware County, and must be present to receive school supplies. For more information, call McClinton’s district office at 215-748-6712. Read more


8/8/18 – Probation Reform – Philadelphia

(Aug 10, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Joanna McClinton. Read more


McClinton, Policy Committee discuss new ideas on probation reform (with video)

(Aug 08, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Philadelphia City Hall on probation reform. McClinton was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed initiatives and potential legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s probation policies, reduce recidivism, create reforms and give returning citizens a second chance and save taxpayer dollars. “For far too long administrations and policymakers have enforced probation and parole as a measure of public safety, but it didn’t work. Pennsylvania has the highest parole rate in the nation and nearly one third of our prison’s beds are occupied by citizens who don’t pose a threat to their communities,” McClinton said. “We must reverse the equation by redirecting the hundreds of millions we currently spend in prisons into the resources returning citizens need to succeed.” Sturla added, “This is the beginning of a comprehensive strategy to move probation reform forward. This issue also affects our institutions as probation and parole officers struggle to manage increasing caseloads. Thanks to Representative McClinton for taking the lead on this important conversation.” The committee heard testimony from Christian Stephens, deputy secretary for field services, Pennsylvania Read more


McClinton helps 150 constituents protect their identity

(Aug 08, 2018)

DARBY, Aug. 8 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, welcomed 150 constituents to her shredding event to help them properly dispose of old papers containing personal information. The event was held at Mercy Fitzgerald Campus and was co-hosted by state Sen. Anthony Williams. “Protecting your identity by shredding documents is a safe measure to get rid of things you no longer need,” McClinton said. “I am pleased to have partnered with Sen. Williams to co-host this event to allow constituents to dispose of important documents safely.” Constituents shredded documents containing information such as Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers, credit card applications, canceled or unused checks and bank statements, among others. Read more


McClinton to hold Policy Committee hearing on probation reform Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Aug 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on probation reform. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Philadelphia City Hall, City Council Chambers (Room 400), 1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, 19107. McClinton requested the hearing to discuss potential legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s probation policies, reduce recidivism, create reforms and give returning citizens a second chance and save taxpayer dollars. McClinton will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel: Christian Stephens, deputy secretary for field services, Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Helene Placey, executive director, County Chief Adult Probation & Parole Officers Association Holly Harris, executive director, Justice Action Network 2:50 p.m. Panel: Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney Mark Houldin, policy director, Defender Association of Philadelphia Leslie Jones, policy and advocacy director, Montgomery County Public Defender Office, and member, Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 3:30 p.m. Panel of parolees John Thompson Crystal Walker 3:50 Read more


McClinton announces fruit and vegetable grant for local schools

(Jul 31, 2018)

DARBY, July 31 – Today, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia/Delaware, announced grants that provide fresh fruits and vegetables for students were awarded to local schools. Mitchell Elementary School received more than $24,000, while Joseph W. Catharine School received close to $30,000 in funding. Located in McClinton’s legislative district, both schools were among 200 other Pennsylvania elementary schools to qualify for the grant. McClinton is also happy to report more than 50 schools in Delaware and Philadelphia counties received this funding. To qualify, a school must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more. The schools are required to spend a majority of the grant on purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables while also offering nutrition education to students and their families. “Giving our students the resources they need to succeed is a responsibility that other community leaders take very seriously,” said McClinton. “By making sure no child needs to worry where their next nutritious meal comes from, this program not only allows us to help students stay focused in school, but also sets our communities up for great success.” Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and was implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 before expanding nationwide in 2008.The program’s mission is to provide healthier food choices in school Read more


McClinton to cohost free shredding event Aug. 4 in Darby

(Jul 23, 2018)

DARBY, July 23 – In her continued effort to protect constituents and their identities, state Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will cohost a free shredding event with Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, in partnership with Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at Mercy Fitzgerald East Campus, 1515 Lansdowne Ave. in Darby. Constituents are encouraged to bring unneeded paper items to be shredded for disposal, including old bills, health records and financial items, as well as any other paper items of a personal nature. “With the threat of identity theft everywhere, especially online, I want to make sure people are educated about this issue,” said McClinton. “Improper disposal of old documents is a leading cause of identity theft, and we’re bringing constituents the best defense against becoming a victim of this of crime by organizing shredding events.” Staff members from the offices of McClinton and Williams also will provide help with state issues such as applying for PennDOT materials, Medicaid and the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more


McClinton to co-host info session for seniors on new shingles vaccine

(Jul 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Sayre Health Center will host an information session for seniors about the new shingles vaccine. The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Christian Compassion CDC, 6150 Cedar Ave., Philadelphia, 19143. "Older adults and people with a weakened immune system are at greatest risk for developing shingles. As part of my ongoing effort to promote better health in our communities, I want to make sure those at highest risk know how to protect themselves," McClinton said. Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. It's caused by reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox. Staff from McClinton’s office will be on hand at the July 25 event to provide senior literature and to answer questions about state issues and programs. For more information, contact McClinton’s office at (215) 748-6712. ### Read more