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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

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain pulled up with a hamstring injury during the second half of Arsenal’s 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win at Manchester United on Monday night. Wenger expects the 21-year-old, who had just returned to the side following a groin problem, to be sidelined around “three or four weeks”, which rules him out of contention for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on March 27 and the friendly with Italy in Turin four days later. “We had to rest him anyway, so we decided to get these screws off instead of doing it at the end of the season, when there is England again. We wanted to combine both together. “I don’t know how long it will be before he returns because we have to respect the progression of his training. “It has taken a bit longer and I don’t really know why at the moment, but I am hopeful it is a matter of weeks now.” Wenger added: “Wilshere will not be fit (for England duty). We are March 13. In 17 days, I don’t think he will be available to be an international game.” Club captain Mikel Arteta is set to resume full training following an ankle injury suffered at the end of November, and is expected to be in contention again at the start of April. Arteta, 32, is out of contract in the summer, and is expected to agree a one-year extension. “Normally I would like him to stay on, yes. He has a huge experience and is very important in the squad,” said Wenger, who also confirmed full-back Hector Bellerin was set for a new long-term deal. Arsenal can cement their place in the top four of the Barclays Premier League with victory over West Ham, who have slipped down to mid-table. “The mood is good as you can imagine, but focused as well because we know that every single game is a decisive game now, said Wenger, whose side head to Monaco next week looking to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit. “Every year it (making the top four) gets more difficult because you have more teams who can compete for it, and in future years it will be even harder. “It is an important part to have a good mixture between focus and composure, that is not easy to find because the tension can be too big.” Midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere will not be fit for international duty with England later this month, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. Wilshere, meanwhile, is recovering from minor surgery to remove studs from the pin in his ankle, and is also expected to need a few more weeks recovery time. “It is a classic hamstring. That means he (Oxlade-Chamberlain) will be out for three weeks, four weeks maximum. He will not be available for England as well,” said Wenger, whose side host West Ham on Saturday. “It is very frustrating for him because he played more games than ever this season. He has shown again on Monday night what an important player he can be for Arsenal and for England. “He is keen to play for England and I think it is a big blow for him. “Alex knows as well that it is the type of injury where you can recover quickly and come back, but it is not an ideal moment.” Wenger confirmed he had not yet spoken to England manager Roy Hodgson, who will name his squad for the upcoming internationals next Thursday. The Gunners boss, though, is confident Wilshere can recover to play some part in the end-of-season run-in. Wenger said: “He had a little inflammation of his ankle, so we decided to do it (now). Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL taxi drivers are threatening to leave the HSE without emergency back-up.The Irish Drivers Association spokesman in Donegal says they have been inundated with calls in relation to the new registration for taxi drivers.In mid Jan every taxi driver in the county had been contacted by the National Transport Association that they must register by Jan 31 or face a €40 on the spot fine. “Every driver must phone the NTA at the start of every shift but this has been taking up to 45 mins to place the call and costing drivers in some cases €6 for the call,” said Mr Doherty.“The NTA has furnished each driver with a website that they can login to to register. But the website dosent work. I’ve meet with different drivers over the weekend and they have showed me that they can’t get past the login page. They are then redirected to the helpline which is costing upto €6 for every call. This means it’s going to cost every driver €6 per shift.“This leaves Drivers that they may no longer be in a position to take an emergency call from hospitals in some cases getting a Gardai escort to the border to collect specialist doctors from Airports to attend a bad road traffic accident or in some case where doctors are involved with organ Donar Removal and transport.“Drivers have stated that they are been discriminated against as one section of the community and stated that they have been bullied into handing over very personal details like DOB. Address phone number. SPSV number PSV badge Number. “And worst of all one driver said that PRSI numbers were being passed around like snuff at a wake. He explained to me that he was of the understanding that his PRSI number was covered under the Data protection act due to the recent duplicating scandal of PRSI numbers.“The driver explained to me now his number will be distributed between the NTA. Revenue and the Taxi regulator who will have this in paper form on the roadside doing roadside checks he said who knows now where his details will end up as it’s not the first time records have been lost or stolen by departments.“This seems to have been hashed through by the different departments without any consultation with Taxi operators or indeed to the individuals.” DONEGAL TAXI DRIVERS’ ANGER AT NEW HSE CALL-OUT SYSTEM was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL TAXI DRIVERS ANGER AT NEW HSE CALL-OUT SYSTEMlast_img read more