A Conversation About Police Reform and Criminal Justice

Video Below:

July 28, 2020

This latest webinar from CAIR-Philadelphia contains portions of a conversation between Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq. Civil Rights Attorney for CAIR-Philadelphia, and State Representative Joanna McClinton, Esq. of the 191st Legislative District, which encompasses parts of Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Rep. McClinton has served the people of the 191st since 2015 and made history in 2018 when she became the first African American Chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Prior to her groundbreaking work in the state legislature, she devoted her professional career to bettering the lives of others, from her prior work as a public defender, to her work as a minister.

Timothy and Rep. McClinton discussed recent legislation she had a hand in creating, along with its potential impact on Pennsylvanians. Particularly, the two discussed ACT53, and the ways it will help formerly incarcerated people to reenter society and earn a respectable living, along with how that will likely reduce recidivism and improve the lives of millions. Timothy and Rep. McClinton’s conversation also emphasized HB1841’s mandate for better training of law enforcement officers, in addition to how HB1910 facilitates the process of allowing for police officers to receive necessary mental health evaluations. They also addressed the enduring legacy of the late John Lewis along with how current efforts for criminal justice reform and police reform uphold his legacy of stirring up good trouble.

For more information, read Rep McClinton’s biography on PAHouse.com.