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Clean Slate Law and food safety

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Jan 22, 2019 4:56 AM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, January 22, 2019:

Criminal justice reform legislation is unifying state and federal legislators on the way to what President Trump calls a "necessary step toward addressing the deep-rooted issues in our country's criminal justice system."

In Pennsylvania, lawmakers approved the Clean Slate Law in summer 2018. The law expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors. The Clean Slate Law enjoyed wide bipartisan support and is the first of its kind in the nation.

Criminal justice advocates say this law will "enable Pennsylvanians with records to earn a second chance, lift families out of poverty, reduce crime and recidivism."

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the impact of Clean Slate are State Representative Sheryl M. Delozier, 88th District, Cumberland County (part), Mark Walmer, lawyer with Bentley, Gibson, Kopecki, Smith, P.C. and Eileen Cipriani, PA Labor and Industry Department, Deputy Secretary for workforce development.

*Correction -- Republican Sen. Camera Bartolotta is the Co-chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Reform Caucus, not Sen. Lisa Baker as stated on Smart Talk. Sen. Baker chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. The other Co-Chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Reform Caucus is Democrat Sen. Art Haywood.

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Mark Walmer, Sheryl Delozier and Eileen Cipriani

Also, how safe is the food we eat? With one of the safest food systems in the world, Americans make a lot of assumptions about the reliability and safety of our food. 

But the frequency of food product safety recalls in the last few years should make consumers take pause.

Joining Smart Talk to discuss trends and recent case studies is Michael Samuelson, PennPIRG (Public Interest Research Group) associate.

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