Making Philadelphia safer:
- Continue to be tough and smart on crime
- Pass common sense gun safety laws
- Reduce recidivism rates by focusing on the few repeat offenders who commit the majority of crimes
- Support community policing efforts
- Reduce truancy
- Reevaluate and reform mandatory minimums
In 2004, I was studying on the front porch of my apartment when I witnessed a tragedy that I will never forget. I’d noticed a car driving slowly through the neighborhood and suddenly heard gunshots echo between the buildings on my steet. I watched as the driver of the car gunned down a young man walking on the sidewalk and injured another man nearby. I remember vividly the sense of confusion and chaos that followed in the minutes after and will never forget the feeling of gravity that weighed on the block.
We have come a long way from where we were less than 10 years ago. The murder rate and violent crimes are down, but we are still not where we need to be. We need to keep working towards a day when no Philadelphian has to look over their shoulder as they walk at night.
Our state and local officials need to continue to implement smart policies to reduce crime. Our criminal justice system needs to be tough on hardened criminals, but needs to offer alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders to lessen the chance that they will go on to commit worse crimes.
As your representative I will work with leaders from the law enforcement, judicial, social service and public health communities to develop policies that will bring a holistic approach to public safety and help keep our streets safe.