PLSE helped design and implement the City of Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” ordinance and provided support to the recently enacted ordinance which decreased the penalty for possession of a small amount of marijuana. PLSE continues to work with state legislators to expand access to expungement.
PLSE has provided expert testimony before the Pennsylvania Legislature and various Pennsylvania Legislative Committees such as the House Democratic Policy Committee.
Most recently, in January 2018, PLSE Managing Attorney Zane Johnson was invited to Washington to discuss the continuing harms imposed by criminal records histories, and the corresponding importance of expungements and pardons, with the leadership of the Federal Office of National Drug Control Policy. He joined Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor Michael Stack and Bureau of Pardons Secretary Steven Burk because of PLSE’s role in developing Pennsylvania’s “Pathways to Pardons” program, which is being considered as a model for programs nationwide.