The Firm’s Stewart J. Greenleaf recently authored an essay “Prison Reform in the Pennsylvania Legislature” for a University of Pennsylvania Law Review symposium “Sentencing Law: Rhetoric & Reality”. The bipartisan event in October gathered, in addition to Stewart, many highly respected academics, public officials, legal experts and judges from around the country to discuss sentencing practices and ways to reduce inmate populations. As a panelist, Mr. Greenleaf discussed the history of sentencing in Pennsylvania and the modern trend towards rehabilitation over harsh punishment for non-violent drug offenders. His essay extensively covers the topic of prison reform in Pennsylvania since the 1980s. The most recent efforts to reduce the state’s inmate population are discussed along with the social and financial impacts of mass incarceration of non-violent offenders.
Click here to read Senator Greenleaf’s Essay: “Prison Reform in the Pennsylvania Legislature”.