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PDAA Responds to Governor Wolf and Meek Mill call for Criminal Justice Reforms

Harrisburg, PA — The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association President and Berks County District Attorney John Adams issued the following statement in response to a news conference today with Governor Tom Wolf and rapper Meek Mill:

“Experienced leaders in Pennsylvania law enforcement have a long history of supporting earnest and responsible reforms to the criminal justice system. In fact, prosecutors have been part of significant improvements over the years to including more money for drug treatment, earned time credits for certain state offenders, limits on returning certain technical parole violators to state prison, clean slate reforms, and limiting drivers’ license suspensions.

We are always willing to take a look at smart, balanced reforms. We cannot, however let one individual under very unique circumstances indict an entire system. As this conversation moves forward, it is imperative that policymakers look through the lens of public safety and ensure fairness for defendants and victims. We caution against the wholesale elimination of appropriate consequences and accountability in the criminal justice system cloaked in the concept of reform.”

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Editor’s Note: PDAA President and Berks County District Attorney John Adams is available for comment.  DA Adams began his career as a probation and parole officer and served as a defense attorney before his election to District Attorney in 2008.

Contact: Lauren Cotter Brobson on behalf of PDAA, (717) 805-0271 or


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BLOG: Up Close Chester County: Ramping Up Resources to Fight the Rise in Child Abuse Cases

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HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) President and Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams released the following statement today after the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office announced multiple charges against Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins who subsequently resigned from office: “The allegations presented today are beyond troubling. The people of Bedford County have been betrayed in an unimaginable way.

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PDAA Support for HB 149

Dear Senate Judiciary Committee Member: I am writing to express the strong support of the PDAA for HB 149, which will be before you today. This is important legislation designed to reduce instances of witness intimidation. You are all aware of the problems associated with and prevalence of witness intimidation. One form of intimidation we have seen is the taking of pictures

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PDAA Support for S.B. 501

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PDAA Support for Marsy’s Law (S.B. 1011)

Dear Senator: I am writing to express the support of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) for S.B. 1011.  Known as Marsy’s Law, this legislation would ensure that our State Constitution protects the rights of crime victims.  By elevating these rights, Pennsylvania would be taking a significant step to ensuring that victims are afforded the appropriate dignity, respect, and protections that

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BLOG: Safe Schools Start With Collaboration

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BLOG: Dauphin County DA applies experience to new role as lead prosecutor

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District Attorneys from Montgomery, Lebanon and Indiana Counties Elected to Serve in PDAA Leadership Positions

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