Emgage Pennsylvania came together with community leaders, faith leaders, and state legislators to discuss criminal justice reform at a community roundtable in Pittsburgh. The session was hosted by State Sens. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) and Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Montgomery/Bucks). Sen. Street, the first Muslim State Senator in PA history, said “We spend staggering amounts of money to incarcerate our fellow Pennsylvanians; it is both inefficient and unsustainable.” His thoughts were echoed by Sen. Greenleaf: “We are still a government that over-incarcerates and fails to treat inmates’ addictions,” said Sen. Greenleaf, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Also this week in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf appointed Emgage PA Director Wasiullah Mohamed to the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. GCAPAA is dedicated to ensuring that state government is accessible and accountable to the diverse Asian Pacific American communities in Pennsylvania. The Commission helps to create Schools that Teach, Jobs that Pay, and Government that Works with its subcommittees that are in line with Governor Wolfe’s goals for Pennsylvania.