Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction

Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Hearing Room 1, North Office Building

The committee will consider two bills:

• Senate Bill 296, Printer’s Number 181 (Senator Hughes) | Amendment
House Bill 272, Printer’s Number 1202 (Representative Neuman)

The committee will then hold a public hearing to discuss the collateral consequences of criminal convictions.  In particular, we will examine the barrier that a criminal conviction imposes on a person seeking employment, housing, and other public benefits, as well as the manner in which other states have eliminated those barriers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Patrick Cawley at (717) 787-6599 or by email at


10:15 a.m.  Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf, Chairman (opening remarks)

10:20 a.m.  Anna Hollis, Amachi Pittsburgh

10:40 a.m.  Ann Schwartzman, Pennsylvania Prison Society

11:00 a.m.  Jenny Roberts, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

11:20 a.m.  Rebecca Vallas, Center for American Progress

11:40 a.m.  Sharon Dietrich, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia