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.