Legislative Positions

PACDL relies on its members to advocate and eliminate inequities based on policy or public law; express opposition or support for a policy, 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 2017-2018 legislative session submissions below.


Probation and Parole Reform:  Testimony before the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee (August 10, 2018)
 

Sentencing Risk Assessment:  Testimony before the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission (June 13, 2018) regarding the proposed assessment instrument.  PACDL informed the commission that the instrument's objective of reducing an individual's personal history to a mathematical equation based on their luck at birth will create illogical results.

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.