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In a wide-ranging town hall Thursday at the Whitpain township building, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17th Dist., opined on the cruelty of Pennsylvania’s bail system for the accused, marijuana reform and the political forces creating a stalemate over the 2015 state budget.
On February 4, 2016
One of Leach’s signature achievements is getting a medical marijuana bill through the State Senate last year. He did it the old-fashioned way, by pushing political levers. “Lobbyists and advocates are paid to be purists,” Leach says. “Being a legislator is very different. You learn that you have to keep the advocates at bay. I had to tell the marijuana people, ‘You’re not going to get everything you want.’”
On January 27, 2016
The United States now has the largest prison population in the world, with more than 2.2 million people behind bars, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics. Additionally, more than 4.7 million adults are on probation or parole. That’s a total of 6.9 million adults under correctional supervision (probation, parole or prison), or about 2.8 percent (1 in 35) of the U.S. resident population.
Daylin Leach, a state senator from suburban Philadelphia, is pushing a bill that would prevent criminal prosecution of girls under age 18 who are arrested for prostitution.
“We’ve reached a point where we’ve made a decision as a society that being tough on crime isn’t nearly as effective as being smart on crime,” Leach said.
On January 23, 2016
“We don’t have a budget because we disagree,” Leach said. “That has nothing to do with the number of people in the Legislature.”
On January 23, 2016
Saying the statute yields “unjust” and “absurd” results, state Sen. Daylin Leach last week called for legislators to support a bill to eliminate second-degree murder in Pennsylvania.
State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced a new proposal to eliminate the crime of second degree murder, also known as “felony murder,” from Pennsylvania law.
HARRISBURG, Pa – January 21, 2016 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced a new proposal to eliminate the crime of second degree murder, also known as “felony murder,” from Pennsylvania law. Under current law, if you are involved as an accomplice in any felony, and someone is killed during the commission of that felony, […]
On January 20, 2016
By Daylin Leach, Shea Rhodes and Sarah Robinson This Monday, Jan. 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. We would like to take this opportunity to update the public on Pennsylvania’s fight to eliminate this horrific crime. The enslavement of people for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation has reached epidemic proportions. […]