The Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health aims to shift the debate and focus lawmakers’ attention on a range of critical issues impacting women’s health and well-being, including Family-friendly working conditions; economic fairness; reproductive and comprehensive healthcare access; and personal safety and freedom from domestic violence and sexual assault.
Current Pennsylvania law provides very few protections for people whose property the government is trying to forfeit. Under civil asset forfeiture, property owners do not have the constitutional protections they would receive if they had been accused of a crime, including the right to appointed counsel. Many property owners are never even notified that their property is the subject of a civil forfeiture proceeding.
Increasingly, people across the political spectrum have realized that mass incarceration, that is imprisoning large numbers of people for long periods of time, is an utter failure as public policy. It has a devastating impact on those who become ensnared in the system, with life-long consequences even for those who are arrested but never convicted of a crime. It disproportionately harms poor communities of color and devastates families. It is unnecessarily extreme, and it fails to produce a proportional increase in public safety.
Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Public Schools
Beyond Zero Tolerance focuses on two forms of exclusion from school that many Pennsylvania public school districts rely upon heavily: out-of-school suspensions (OSS) and removal from school by police, a category that includes arrests and summary offenses.