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first_imgnarvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise in the United States, Americans are hunkering down and more and more schools, sports leagues and amusement parks are closing.There are at least 1,701 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and 40 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Globally there are over 136,000 cases.Here’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.1:22 p.m.: Louisiana delays democratic primaryLouisiana’s Democratic primary that -was scheduled for April 4 is now pushed back to June 20, Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said Friday.One key stakeholder in the decision was to protect the election day polling commissioners as more than half of them are over 65 years old, Ardoin said.1:05 p.m.: Miami mayor tests positiveMiami Mayor Francis Suarez said Friday that he has coronavirus.The mayor added that he feels “completely healthy and strong” and will “remain isolated while I lead our government remotely. ““If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me — if I coughed or sneezed — there is no action you need to take whatsoever,” Suarez said in a statement. “If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or if I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested.”According to the Miami Herald, Suarez recently attended an event with a Brazilian government official who later tested positive for coronavirus.President Donald Trump also met with that Brazilian official over the weekend at Mar-a-Lago.12:35 p.m.: Los Angeles, San Diego, West Virginia schools closeCalifornia’s two largest school districts, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District, will close their doors on Monday to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.The two districts teach more than 750,000 students combined. Meanwhile, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced he will close his state’s public schools, saying the “risks outweigh the good.”West Virginia is just one of three states, along with Idaho and Montana, without any confirmed coronavirus cases.12:28 p.m.:Trump expected to declare national emergencyTrump is expected to declare a national emergency at a 3 p.m. press conference, four administration sources tell ABC News.It’s not clear what directives the president may issue under the order.Former DHS acting Deputy Secretary John Cohen, now an ABC contributor, said declaring a national emergency “conveys to the public that the nation faces a serious crisis and that drastic action is necessary.” Also, “it will immediately make available resources and other support that can be directed to protect communities across the nation.”12:11 p.m.: Europe now ‘epicenter’World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Europe has now become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China.”He urged other countries on Friday to look toward the actions of “China, South Korea, Singapore and others,” which, he said, “clearly demonstrates that aggressive testing and contact tracing, combined with social-distancing measures and community mobilization, can prevent COVID-19 infections and save lives.”“Our message to countries continues to be: You must take a comprehensive approach. Not testing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not quarantine alone. Not social distancing alone. Do it all,” he said. “Any country that looks at the experience of other countries with large epidemics and thinks ‘that won’t happen to us’ is making a deadly mistake. It can happen to anyone.”11:25 a.m.: Drive-through mobile testing center opens in hard-hit New RochelleNew York state’s first drive-through COVID-19 mobile testing center opened in the city of New Rochelle Friday.The center will test up to 200 people on Friday and that number could reach 500 per day, the governor said.A one-mile radius “containment area” was established in New Rochelle to try to stop the virus from spreading.10:25 a.m.: Boston Marathon postponedThe 2020 Boston Marathon is postponed until Monday, Sept. 14, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.9:43 a.m.: Sen. Ted Cruz extends quarantineSen. Ted Cruz has decided to extend his self-quarantine.While the senator’s elected self-quarantine ended Thursday afternoon, he said he then learned Thursday night that “he had a second interaction” with someone who tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.“On March 3, I met in my D.C. office with Santiago Abascal, the leader of the Vox Party in Spain. We met for about 20 minutes, sitting together at a conference table. We shook hands twice and took pictures together,” Cruz said in a statement Friday. “My understanding is that Mr. Abascal tested positive for COVID-19 last night. His staff have informed us that he was asymptomatic at the time of our meeting and that several days after our meeting he had extended interactions with another individual who has also tested positive.”“I’m still not feeling any symptoms,” Cruz went on. “But, for the same reasons I initially self-quarantined — out of an abundance of caution and to give everyone peace of mind — I am extending the self-quarantine to March 17, a full fourteen days from my meeting with Mr. Abascal.”Why some people aren’t social distancingCruz is one of nine members of Congress who have elected to self-quarantine.7:45 a.m. DC public schools to closeWashington, D.C., public schools will shutter from Monday, March 16, through the end of the month, said Mayor Muriel Bowser.After spring break next week, students will learn through “distance learning” the rest of the month, the mayor said.Children will have access to meals on the days schools are closed, the mayor said.7:34 a.m. Australian official tests positive after meeting with Ivanka TrumpAustralia’s minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, said Friday he’s contracted coronavirus, one week after he was seen meeting with President Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, in Washington, D.C.Dutton said in a statement, “I feel fine and will provide an update in due course.”7:16 a.m. Fauci says spread will “get worse before it gets better”Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday that the coronavirus spread will “get worse before it gets better.”“There’s no doubt that we have not peaked yet,” Fauci said.“It will be at least a matter of several weeks. It’s unpredictable, but if you look at historically how these things work, it will likely be anywhere from a few weeks to up to eight weeks,” Fauci said. “I hope it’s going to be in the earlier part, two, three, four weeks, but it’s impossible to make an accurate prediction.”Fauci urged Americans to adapt to physically separating, calling it “one of the very effective ways you can really mitigate the spread.”As many Americans say they’re not getting access to COVID-19 tests, Fauci told GMA, “I think in the next week or so you’re gonna see an acceleration in the availability of tests.”As for when people should request testing, Fauci recommended that the public follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).5:42 a.m. Charles Barkley in self-quarantine, awaiting COVID-19 test resultsNBA Hall of Famer and TNT broadcaster Charles Barkley announced Thursday night that he is self-quarantining and is awaiting results from a coronavirus test.Barkley, in a phone interview with his co-hosts of NBA on TNT, said he felt sick after returning to Atlanta from a trip in New York City.“I talked to a couple people at Turner and a couple doctors and they told me to self-quarantine for the next 48 hours. I started yesterday, this is my second day,” Barkley said during the interview.“I haven’t been feeling great and they didn’t want me to take any chances … I went and took the coronavirus test late this afternoon, I have not gotten the results back,” he said. “So I’m just kinda in limbo right now. I’m really hoping it was just a bug.”Earlier this week, the NBA announced it’s suspending the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus. NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement Thursday night saying play will be suspended for at least 30 days, but that the league intends to resume play this season when it’s safe.3:18 a.m. Oregon, Michigan close all schoolsThe states of Oregon and Michigan announced they are closing all K-12 schools in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Thursday night. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe.”There are currently at least 12 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, the state said.Oregon also announced school closures Thursday, which will be shut down through the end of March. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she understands the burden closing schools puts on families and students, but the move was necessary for public safety.“This is a trying time for our community and I am reluctant to increase the burden on families who are already struggling to adapt to and stay healthy during this crisis,” Brown said in a statement. “However, we are left with little choice in light of school districts’ staff capacity and operational concerns.”In Oregon, there are 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19.There are zero coronavirus-related deaths in Oregon and Michigan.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgCons: relies on user to remember to fit at each location;false alarms can be embarrassing. DefCon 1 costs $49.99, DefCon 3 $39.99. More details from www.targus.com Sharp eyes will soon spot a notebook PC unless you swap thecarrying case for something less practical. So keep the case, but alarm it,says Davey Winder Pros: visual and audio deterrent, plus the physical cableapproach, makes for a very secure notebook wherever you are. A notebook PC is no luxury, it’s a business lifeline whenaway from the office. Most people ensure they have a suitable case to carry thething around in, with pockets for all the accessories, and maybe big enough fora portable printer, webcam, spare battery pack and AC adaptor as well. Thetrouble is that all these cases scream “Look at me, I’ve got an expensiveand desirable piece of computer equipment inside” to every hopeful thiefin the area. Stop thief!On 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today My flight was delayed so, as I was tired after my earlystart, I placed my notebook case beside me on the bench and had forty winks,well more like thirty, because I suddenly awoke with a feeling that all was notwell. And it wasn’t – my notebook and case had vanished, stolen by anopportunist thief whose greed is easily fed by idiots like me, andunfortunately like many of your executive staff. DefCon security system Comments are closed. But back to my tale of woe. I reported the theft to theairport police, which delayed me even further, and then caught my flight toTokyo. Upon arrival, instead of having some time to relax before starting work,I had to go and buy myself a new notebook PC so I could actually do some work.I also discovered, and bought, a DefCon 1 at the same time. Now I make sure Ilash the notebook down securely wherever I am – even the office. The industry “experts” tell us we should discardthese cases and carry our notebooks around in our briefcases. This is fine ifyour briefcase is enormous, which most people’s are not, or if your notebook isof the super-small sub-notebook variety, in which case where do you put theexternal floppy, CD-ROM drive and so on? One answer is to use a sports bag or abackpack, but neither do much to enhance the image of your executive staff asthey arrive at an important meeting with a client. Instead, I’d suggest you do what I did and splash a littlecash on a Targus DefCon notebook computer security system. It soundscomplicated, but it’s actually nothing more than an alarm and lock for yournotebook. Essentially, this small device fits to either the “kensingtonlock” slot found on most notebook PCs these days, or the carry caseitself. You get a length of cut-resistant steel cable attached to a unithousing a 360-degree motion sensor, microprocessor and 110-decibel alarm(that’s loud – as loud as a chainsaw according to my calculations). The cableattaches to your notebook or case and is secured by a combination lock withmore than 1,000 different variations. And that’s it. Once armed, the alarm goesoff if the PC is moved or the cable cut and the only way to stop the racket isto use the combination. Further information Previous Article Next Article This month it’s not so much what’s in the bag as the bagitself that I’m concerned with. And for a very good reason – I recently fellvictim to a notebook PC thief as I was waiting for my early morning flight toTokyo. I was on my way to cover a high-tech consumer electronic show for amagazine and was due to report back before leaving, so the publication inquestion could be first on the shelves with all the new and lovely gadgetsshowcased. There are two models, the DefCon 1 and the DefCon 3. DefCon1, which comes with over a metre of cut-resistant steel cable, is aself-contained unit measuring 6.4 x 14 x 4cm and weighing just 175g withbattery, while DefCon 3 measures 8.7 x 5.35 x 1.6cm and has just 15cm of cable.The reason DefCon 3 is so much smaller is that it comes with a remote controlkey fob, a bit like a car alarm, which has a working distance of 12 metres. Youcan arm and disarm with the key fob, and the same alarm goes off if anyonetries to steal your PC as you wander around. Personally, I prefer the securityof the steel cable lashing my PC to something solid, like a bolted-down airportbench leg, rather than the convenience of the remote unit. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Family of estate agent ask court to show lenience to lorry driver previous nextAgencies & PeopleFamily of estate agent ask court to show lenience to lorry driverAndrew Mann was killed when lorry driver Wayne Mackay drove into his path during incident in Dorset, but family ask that he doesn’t go to jail.Nigel Lewis24th February 20200830 Views The driver of a lorry who admitted killing an estate agency motorcyclist has been spared jail.41-year-old Wayne Mackay from Poole in Dorset will not face a jail sentence as expected after the family of Andrew Mann (pictured) pleaded at Bournemouth Crown court for him to be shown leniency following the incident in April last year.During an inquest into the accident in May it was established that lorry driver Wayne McKay had turned into an entrance way to prevent a dog entering the carriageway on the A31 road near the village of Sturminster but McKay failed to see Mann approaching on his Kawasaki motorbike.Mann had been on his way to work at the large Wimborne offices of Savills, which was only five minutes from the site of the accident.During the trial prosecuting counsel Jessica Price revealed that McKay had been focusing so hard on saving the dog’s life that he had not seen Mann approaching on his bike, even though under normal circumstances he would have been visible to him for nearly eight seconds prior to the accident. Mann died of multpiple injuries at the scene.The case was heard at Poole Magistrates Court but District Judge Stephen Nichols has transferred sentencing of McKay to Bournemouth Crown Court because he felt the court’s sentencing powers were not adequate.Mackay had already admitted causing the death of Mann, who worked for Savills as a senior planning consultancy expert. He leaves behind four children.  andrew mann Savills February 24, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

first_img View post tag: HMNB Portsmouth Photo: Photo: UK defense ministry View post tag: Queen Elizabeth class The Royal Navy base HMNB Portsmouth will soon be ready to welcome the second of two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers as the work on the base’s second berth is in the final stages.The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is working with its contractor Volker Stevin to deliver infrastructure worth £30-million to prepare for the arrival of HMS Prince of Wales.One of the final pieces of the project was the installation of two fendered spacer units (FSU). The FSUs are identical to those which were installed on the Princess Royal Jetty for HMS Queen Elizabeth, however this time they have been constructed by Portsmouth company ML (UK) Ltd.The structures, which measure 17.6 meters by 18.7 meters, slot into the jetty and move up and down with the tide to prevent the ship’s overhanging flight deck from colliding with the jetty.The FSUs took 11 months to build and have now been put into position at Victory Jetty. They were craned from ML (UK) Ltd’s yard into the water at Portsmouth Harbour, final trim checks were then carried out and the ballast weights moved to ensure the units were floating level. Finally, the units were towed to their new locations on the jetty face.As well as providing the FSUs, the project has involved refurbishing Victory Jetty to extend its life for more than 50 years, the construction of a new mooring dolphin, the installation a Galvanic Cathodic Protection system and the provision of a second high voltage electrical system which feeds the carrier through a new hydraulic boom.HMS Prince of Wales is due to arrive in Portsmouth by the end of this year. It has already embarked her crew ahead of the first trials. View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: HMS Prince of Wales Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgThe Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC) will host its fifth annual Collaborating for Education and Research Forum tomorrow in the Jordan Hall of Science. Thomas Loughran, a professional specialist in the Department of Physics and member of NDeRC, said the event is designed to enhance interaction between local K-12 teachers and University administrators. The forum fosters a vibrant science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community between the educators, he said. “The forum presents a broad spectrum of engagement opportunities for STEM professionals for both researchers and educators at the university and K-12 levels,” Loughran said. “We’re trying to foster an integrated STEM community.” Loughran said a functioning STEM community is essential for both teachers and students. “Teachers and administrators know one another and have a sense of belonging to the same social entity, and because they belong, they give invitations to students to belong too,” Loughran said. “That issuing of effective invitations into the STEM community is the model of STEM education we are working with.” To reach teachers, Loughran said the NDeRC emails registration invitations to approximately 350 Michiana STEM educators. The event promotes conversation among professionals from local schools and universities. Loughran said the forum averages around 150 teachers every year. “In years past we had 25 spots for our BioEYES initiative, a study of the development of zebrafish, and received 100 applications,” Loughran said. “At another forum, we launched a blog and got 100 subscribers over the weekend.” Loughran said the forum’s commitment to building STEM education and research locally is gaining momentum. “It’s an enduring atmosphere,” Loughran said. “You know the community is alive because we keep meeting and collaborating.” The Collaborating for Education and Research Forum will be held tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jordan Hall of Science.last_img read more

first_imgFrom Lady Day to Queen of Soul? If anyone can, Audra McDonald can! In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, 18-time Grammy-winning music legend Aretha Franklin revealed she’s still in negotiations to have her life portrayed on film, and she wants the Tony winner to play her. “It would be her job to bring it home,” she said. “The question is whether she has that ability.” View Comments In addition to Lady Day, McDonald has won Tony awards for Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun and Porgy and Bess. On screen, she has appeared in The Sound of Music Live!, Annie, Private Practice and Wit. She is rumored to be attached to the projects Corrina, Corrina and Night, Mother opposite Oprah Winfrey. This isn’t the first time Franklin has expressed this sentiment. Franklin reportedly put McDonald on her shortlist in 2012 after attending a performance of Porgy & Bess on Broadway. But fear not, Franklin. McDonald has proven herself a performer who can expertly channel beloved musical icons. In June, she took home her record-breaking sixth Tony Award for her performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. In an interview with Broadway.com last year, McDonald praised Franklin, saying, “She’s a deep, amazing person with a great history and legacy.” Of potentially playing her on screen, she said, “It would be an honor to play her. If it happens, great. If not, I’m sure someone else will do her justice.”last_img read more

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Back-to-school season is often equated with deadlines. Deadlines for homework assignments. Deadlines to have permission slips signed. For those of us in the payments industry, however, a deadline on our minds is that of the October 2016 EMV ATM liability shift.After October 1, financial institutions (FIs) processing ATM transactions for MasterCard-branded cards will be liable for any fraud occurring on chip-enabled cards at non-chip-enabled ATMs. (The deadline for Visa-branded cards is October 1, 2017.) As FIs prepare to upgrade their ATMs to meet this deadline, there are a few things they should keep in mind. Below are five key steps to readying ATMs for EMV. continue reading »last_img read more

first_img The agency said ground beef from the company was used at a Virginia Scout camp where E coli recently broke out. Virginia health officials said in an online update today that 25 E coli cases have been confirmed out of about 84 reported illnesses in Scouts who recently attended the camp in Goshen, Va. Eight scouts have been hospitalized. Aug 7 FSIS news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_027_2008_Release/index.asp The contamination was discovered through a joint investigation by the FSIS and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the FSIS said. In July the USDA announced it would soon begin listing the names of retail stores that receive food products involved in class 1 (high-risk) recalls. The new policy is to take effect this month. “We have 11 culture-confirmed cases of E coli, and 5 of those have a PFGE [pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, or DNA fingerprint] pattern that matches some of the leftover product at the camp, which was produced by S&S Foods,” Metz told CIDRAP News today. She said no cases elsewhere have been linked to S&S Foods products so far. See also: VDH spokeswoman Cheryle Rodriguez said the reason Virginia and the FSIS have mentioned different numbers of confirmed cases (25 versus 11) is that some of the cases have not yet been tied to ground beef. “Those are cases, yes, but we have not confirmed that they’re associated with the ground beef,” she told CIDRAP News. “Right now that’s the main thing we’re looking at, but we look at all possibilities.” S&S Foods of Azusa, Calif., is recalling 30-pound boxes of frozen ground beef because of possible E coli contamination, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a news release. The products were sold to food services and institutions, not retail stores, the FSIS said. Aug 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak at a Boy Scout camp in Virginia has been linked to ground beef from a California company, prompting the firm to recall 153,630 pounds of beef, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported today. Virginia’s Jul 31 news release with latest updatehttp://www.vdh.state.va.us/news/PressReleases/2008/073108ecoli.htm The ground beef products were shipped to distributors in Allentown, Pa., and Milwaukee, the FSIS said. The 30-pound boxes carry the establishment number “EST. 20375” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and the individual packages are labeled “742798 MFST, 100% GROUND BEEF BULK, 80/20, 1LB. BRICK.” “Through our trace-back we confirmed that the camp had some of the S&S food products, and that’s what was used in dinners at the camp on certain days,” leading to the recall, said Emily Metz, an FSIS spokeswoman in Washington, DC. USDA spokeswoman Laura Reiser said the agency will not be releasing a list of establishments that received the meat, as it was not sold in retail stores, according to a Washington Post report published today.last_img read more

first_img‘Well, I was surprised first of all because it isn’t a common thing to see at the start!’ said Arteta. ‘To be fair, I didn’t like too much that image in public, but then I understood what happened and I understood how much both of them wanted to play and their level of frustration they were managing. ‘I really liked the way things were resolved, though. First of all between them personally, and then publicly with that picture. It was the end of the story and now we can learn from that and move on.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘You can see the way Dani and Eddie came on the pitch in the last few minutes and how committed they were and how much they wanted to play. ‘I cannot demand the players all the time to be 100 per cent and pushing, but then to be soft and have a really bad body language during the rondos. ‘If you give me the choice, I don’t want them to kill each other! But it’s okay, it’s not bad!’MORE: Arsenal star Dani Ceballos is too ‘weak’ and will get found out this season, claims Tim SherwoodMORE: Mikel Arteta makes decision between Houssem Aouar & Thomas Partey due to tight Arsenal budgetFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta speaks out on bust-up between Arsenal team-mates Eddie Nketiah and Dani Ceballos Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 18 Sep 2020 1:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Commentcenter_img Arsenal team-mates Eddie Nketiah and Dani Ceballos clashed during the warm-up ahead of last weekend’s win over Fulham (Picture: BT Sport / Instagram)Mikel Arteta confessed he was shocked to see two of his Arsenal charges scrapping with each other ahead of last week’s victory over Fulham.The pair almost came to blows and had to be separated after the Spaniard, who has only recently returned to the north London club on loan from Real Madrid, went in late on the England Under-21 international during a rondo exercise.After the match, a routine 3-0 victory for the Gunners, Arteta refused to address the incident, claiming he hadn’t seen it. The notoriously spiky Ceballos, meanwhile, attempted to downplay the suggestion of any lingering bad blood, posting an image of himself standing next to Nketiah accompanied by the caption ‘no problems here my brother’. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNearly a week on from the flash point, Arteta has had time to reflect and was content with how the altercation was resolved and was happy to see such passion and enthusiasm from two players who started the game at Craven Cottage on the substitutes’ bench. You don’t see this every day 👀Dani Ceballos and Eddie Nketiah got into a heated exchange during a pre-match training routine 👜 pic.twitter.com/u1qMPuZ8Ux— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 12, 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, along with members of the governor’s cabinet and legislators, today announced the launch of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council (PRC), created to educate the public, members of law enforcement and criminal justice, and policymakers on why supporting prisoner reentry efforts is essential to reducing crime and violence. The council will provide a forum for the sharing of best practices on reentry and will help to identify barriers to successful reentry for persons with criminal records.“In Pennsylvania, 90 percent of the prison population will return to their community,” Governor Wolf said. “And if we are not successful at getting them the services they need to make it home, then all of our work, all the rehabilitative programming, all the money we’ve spent to get them ready to return home is rendered useless. Pennsylvania has had a large but fragmented network of reentry services, but today with the announcement of the Reentry Council, we can unite the state’s multiple reentry partners into one statewide reentry council.”“For too long, we’ve relied solely on incarceration to prevent crime and violence,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “By working collaboratively with law enforcement, state and local government and communities, we can create new strategies to expand opportunities and assist returning citizens as they reenter their communities, and make our commonwealth safer as a result.”The Department of Correction (DOC), the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP), the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), 21 regional reentry coalitions, and numerous reentry services providers work regularly to improve the outcomes of reentrants and increase public safety—but often in silos and without clear direction.Members of these state agencies and the departments of Human Services, Labor & Industry, Education, and Transportation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of Victim Advocate, and the existing 21 regional coalitions will be part of the new PRC, which will be the center of reentry efforts for the commonwealth to establish common goals, promote evidence-based practices, and encourage collaboration and coordination across all stakeholder groups. PRC will build on the individual successes of reentry organizations and identify and eliminate weaknesses.The PRC will work to promote collaboration between federal, state, local, and community reentry stakeholders and identify and implement successful evidence-based reentry programs.“The reentry process begins upon an individual’s admission into the correctional system and continues through release and into their community,” Governor Wolf said. “To continue Pennsylvania’s historic inmate reduction – over 2,000 individuals since January 2015 – we must expand reentry services and build on the good work already being done by stakeholders. The new Reentry Council will do just that.”“One of the most impactful ways to lower our recidivism rate is meaningful re-integrative services and removing the barriers to re-integration,” Representative Jordan Harris said on behalf of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “We applaud the governor and the Attorney General for their foresight to establish this council and look forward to working with the council for the betterment of our commonwealth.”At the state level the Wolf Administration continues to implement policies and expand services to improve reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety. Among those efforts, Governor Wolf introduced a ‘Ban the Box’ Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that will remove the criminal conviction question from both civil and non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction. Ban the Box allows for reentry services in Pennsylvania to work by providing applicants a fair chance to be judged on their qualifications, not their criminal history.Also, Governor Wolf signed Act 5 of 2016 into law, which removes barriers to employment by sealing minor criminal records for those who have been crime-free for 10 years. Farther reaching ‘clean slate’ legislation is anticipated later this year to provide for “automatic” sealing of non-violent misdemeanor records after 10 years.Following the press conference, the first meeting of the Reentry Council was held at the Attorney General’s Office. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf, Attorney General Shapiro Announce Launch of Reentry Councilcenter_img May 15, 2017last_img read more