In response to a national op-ed from members of the Players Coalition, Governor Tom Wolf renewed his call for comprehensive bail reform to make our criminal justice system fairer for lower income citizens.
The op-ed, written by Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long and former teammate Torrey Smith, calls on more states and communities to enact bail reform that improves fairness and outcomes. They outline how smart bail reform “makes communities more stable and doesn’t increase crime, recidivism.”
Governor Wolf has made bail fairness a component of his criminal justice reform agenda. Learn more about criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania here.
Governor Wolf’s statement:
“Our communities don’t benefit from putting a person in jail only because they don’t have enough money. People suspected for minor or non-violent offenses can spend months – even years – in jail, simply for their inability to afford bail.
“This person was not convicted of a crime. And yet, we’ve already taken away their ability to contribute to our communities. This is a modern-day debtors’ prison.
“I thank Malcolm, Chris and Torrey for continuing to raise awareness about unfairness in our criminal justice system. Their advocacy, along with so many others’, was integral to Pennsylvania passing the nation’s first Clean Slate law.
“We want people out in our communities, working and contributing to their families. We must work towards a fairer bail system, especially for people in poverty, across Pennsylvania and the country.”