Civil asset forfeiture expected to be topic of discussion

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18, 2015 — In his ongoing push to make reasonable reforms to Pennsylvania’s justice system, Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams will hold a special interfaith meeting at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the University of Pennsylvania to talk about criminal justice reforms with leaders from all religious denominations in the 8th Senate District.

While the session will cover a broad menu of topics, civil asset forfeiture will be one of the issues discussed.

“While forfeiture clearly adds much needed revenue to the anti-drug efforts of police departments and district attorneys’ offices, it frequently involves people who are never even charged with, let alone convicted of, the underlying offense,” Williams said.

Another topic of possible discussion is state Rep. Jordan Harris’ “clean slate” legislation.

“This bill would specifically provide relief to younger returning citizens who have fallen victim to the school-to-prison pipeline,” the senator said.

Media coverage is welcomed.

WHAT: Sen. Anthony H. Williams to host an interfaith meeting on criminal justice reforms

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. – noon

WHERE: Classroom 2, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 3260 South St., Philadelphia


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