Governor Wolf, Attorney General Eric Holder Discuss Importance of Fair Districts, Criminal Justice Reform

Pennsylvania – Today, Governor Wolf and former Attorney General and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee Eric Holder discussed the importance of fair districts and criminal justice reform. Earlier this year, Governor Wolf rejected a partisan gerrymandered congressional map and, as a result, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new, fair map that better represents the people of Pennsylvania. He also announced a 21st century voting reform plan, which calls for the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to create future electoral maps.

Governor Wolf has made criminal justice reform a top priority by signing Clean Slate legislation, banning the box, and calling for a sweeping package of additional reforms such as bail and pre-trial reforms. He has also worked to ensure that the commonwealth is a place where African American Pennsylvanians know that their concerns and voices are heard and valued. Governor Wolf has appointed African Americans to serve at the highest levels of government within his administration and created the position of Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities at the Pennsylvania Department of General Services.

“I was honored to be joined by Attorney General Holder today to discuss the importance of unrigging the redistricting system and reforming our criminal justice system,” said Governor Wolf. “Attorney General Holder has been on the front lines working to develop and execute a comprehensive redistricting strategy and leading the way on criminal justice reform. I look forward to continuing to work with him to ensure that all citizens have an equal voice in government representation, and that Pennsylvania leads the nation in rehabilitation, not incarceration.”

“Governor Wolf has been a stalwart advocate for eliminating partisan politics from the legislative redistricting process and reforming Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system,” said Attorney General Holder. “I was proud of the leadership he displayed in rejecting a partisan gerrymandered map earlier this year and, because of him, Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to vote this fall on a fair congressional map. It is critical that Governor Wolf is re-elected this November so that he can continue standing up against gerrymandering and advocating for criminal justice reforms that aim to reduce recidivism and end mass incarceration.”

If Governor Wolf is re-elected this year, he will serve as the governor in 2021 when the maps are redrawn, and he will once again reject any map that does not fairly represent the people of Pennsylvania.

 

CONTACT: Beth Melena, beth@wolfforpa.com

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