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On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing at the State Capitol on the collateral consequences of criminal conviction. Witnesses will testify regarding the ineligibilities that have been written into the law that prevent formerly convicted persons from entering certain professions and receiving certain benefits. There are negative, long-term consequences to any conviction, but many low-level, non-violent offenders suffer life-long barriers to employment.

WHAT:               Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the collateral consequences of criminal conviction.

WHO:                  Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and witnesses listed below.

WHERE:             Pennsylvania State Capitol

                             Hearing Room 1, North Office Building                            

WHEN:                Tuesday, June 23, 2015

                             10:00 a.m.

Witnesses:

Sharon Dietrich, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Janet Ginzberg, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

Jenny Roberts, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress

Ann Schwartzman, Pennsylvania Prison Society

Anna Hollis, Amachi Pittsburgh

Contact: Aaron Zappia 215-657-7700