February 16, 2016 Governor Wolf Signs Criminal History Sealing Expansion Bill into Law Bill Signing, Criminal Justice Reform, Government That Works, Press Release, Public Safety, Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 166, sponsored by Senator Stewart Greenleaf, into law, which expands criminal record sealing in Pennsylvania in order to reduce recidivism, relieve the pardon system, and provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce. Governor Wolf was joined today at a bill signing ceremony by Sen. Greenleaf, Rep. Jordan Harris, chairs of Judiciary committees and various criminal justice organizations.“The United States is the world leader in incarceration and a criminal record often carries a lifetime of consequences that often lead to poverty or re-incarceration,” Governor Wolf said. “This law is a commonsense, positive and unprecedented step to help Pennsylvanians with minor or dated criminal records have a fighting chance at opportunities for gainful employment.“Too many first-time and low-level offenders are serving their time and unable to improve their lives after leaving the system because they have a criminal record. And, they are too likely then to return to the system. We must do everything we can to break this cycle; it is robbing too many of their lives and it is costing taxpayers far too much.”SB 166 amends Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) to allow individuals who have served their punishment and remained free of arrest or prosecution for seven to ten years, for nonviolent misdemeanors, to petition the court for their record to be sealed from public view.Between 70 and 100 million Americans, or as many as one in three American adults, have some type of criminal record. A recent report estimated that between 33 and 36.5 million children in the United States—nearly half of all U.S. children—have at least one parent with a criminal record.A criminal record often carries a lifetime of consequences, and even a minor criminal record can be a serious impediment to employment, housing, education and training, public assistance, financial empowerment, and more.More than half of U.S. states (27) allow some misdemeanor and even felony convictions to be expunged or sealed. This Act allows certain criminal records to be sealed, meaning that law enforcement and state licensing agencies will continue to have access to those records – but those records will no longer be an impediment for employment or housing.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Press Association “We’ll see how she gets on, if things went well we could look at something like the Prix Vermeille.” Paul Deegan’s Midnight Soprano has to carry a penalty having already won the Noblesse Stakes over course and distance this season. Last time out she was not disgraced when beaten just over four lengths in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock. “She’s got a penalty, but this race has been the plan for some time,” said Deegan. “She’s very well but it looks like Venus De Milo will be very hard to beat given how well she ran in the Oaks. The ground will be in our favour, though. “We had her entered up over hurdles at Galway as she’s a natural jumper. Ruby (Walsh) came to school her and she could have run at Galway but we thought we’d stick to the original plan. We’ll get this race out of the way then she’s in the (Irish) Leger Trial (Curragh, August 24) and the Leger itself and then we might think about going hurdling. “She’s a superstar mare and we normally sell them to go hurdling but we’ll keep her. I only had one runner over hurdles last year (Mr Lando) and it won.” As well as Venus De Milo, Aidan O’Brien also runs Beach Of Falesa, while Jim Bolger saddles Bunairgead. Dermot Weld is represented by Sleeping Beauty, with John Murphy’s Kiss Goodnight completing the field. The lightly-raced filly did not see the racetrack as a two-year-old but is quickly making up into a smart performer, taking second place in the Curragh Classic on just her third career outing. Unbeaten in two starts prior to that, Aidan O’Brien drops her to Group Three level before hopefully raising her sights again. O’Brien said: “She has been in good form since the Oaks, although we haven’t done a lot with her. I’m happy with her and we’re going for this hoping to win a Group race with her. Darley Irish Oaks runner-up Venus De Milo could book a trip to Longchamp with a victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork on Tuesday.