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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2020 04:43 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Civilian Police Review Board
I will once again be introducing a bill that creates a Civilian Police Review Board. It has been widely argued that citizen participation in governmental policy making produces many benefits including better trust in governmental operations.  Just like the role a jury plays in a trial, an independent review board will allow the people to decide when unjustifiable actions have been made by the police rather than an internal investigation.  This process will ensure greater transparency by granting an outsider and unbiased group of individuals to determine if any criminal proceedings need to take place.     


With the unrest the country is facing, I feel that my bill is a necessary step needed towards gaining the public’s trust again in our criminal justice system. This legislation was SB 1208 of the 2019-20 session.  

Introduced as SB127