PACDL relies on its members to advocate and eliminate inequities based on policy or public law; express opposition or support for a policy, rule, program or proposed legislation; or recommend changes to a state or federal policy, program or public law that would enhance the practice of criminal defense.
Find our most compelling 2018-2020 legislative submissions below.
Evidence: On May 29, PACDL submitted comments to proposed changes to Pa. R. Evid. 401 Comment. It indicated that as a general rule, it supports additional language that would make it clear that a person's class is irrelevant and can only result in injecting prejudice into trial assessment. Read the entire letter.
Marsy's Law: Opposition Memo to the Senate Judiciary Committee (March 26, 2019)
Probation and Parole Reform: Testimony before the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee (August 10, 2018). In 2019, PACDL testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on probation and parole reform. Its written testimony can be found here.
Resentencing Proposal: PACDL submitted testimony on June 12, 2019 on the Commission's resentencing guidelines. Read the testimony here.
PACDL submitted written and presented oral testimony to the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission (Dec. 6, 2018) regarding the revised proposed risk assessment instrument. Its testimony voiced concerns about the duplicative nature of the instrument, the violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution and the financial impact. PACDL called on the Commission to urge the General Assembly to rescind its mandate.
SORNA: PACDL supports House Bill 1701 and submitted a position paper to House Judiciary Committee Chairpersons and Representative Thomas Murt, the bill's prime sponsor.