The time for gun violence prevention is NOW.

Release Date: IMMEDIATE (April 4, 2019)

Contact: Colleen Kennedy - info@jackfordelcoda.com

Havertown – Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today called for legislative action in Harrisburg and DC for what he called “common sense gun laws to give law enforcement the tools to better protect our communities and families.” 

“One week ago a man walked into a Wawa in Radnor Township armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle and murdered the mother of his child. While it is true that laws alone can’t stop every disturbed person from committing a tragedy by misusing a firearm, common sense gun laws are tools law enforcement use to make communities safer. This is a subject I know well, having spent four and half years working to stop gun violence as a federal prosecutor and firearms policy analyst. And if I’m elected Delaware County District Attorney this November, I will use the platform of that office to fight for the following common sense gun laws in Harrisburg and Washington,” said Stollsteimer. 

•           Universal background checks – under current law our national and state background check systems have prevented millions of sales to would be prohibited purchasers, more than 200,000 of those in Pennsylvania.  Unfortunately, too many legal loopholes in these systems still remain.  H.R. 8 currently under consideration in Congress and strongly supported by our own U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, would close those loopholes nationally and must be passed into law this legislative session.  

•           Extreme Risk Protection Orders – similar to protection from abuse orders in domestic relations matters, ERPOs are court orders that allow family members or law enforcement officers to temporarily remove a person’s access to firearms when they are believed to be very likely to harm themselves or others. Currently 14 states have enacted such laws and Pennsylvania can adopt this smart policy by passing Senate Bill 90 into law this legislative session.  

•           Assault weapon ban - assault weapons like the AR-15 are generally high-powered semiautomatic firearms, similar to weapons used by our military services for combat.  Assault weapons have been used in nearly every deadly mass shooting that’s plagued our country since Columbine.  In 1994 Congress passed bi-partisan legislation that banned assault weapons in the United States for 10 years until the legislation expired due to NRA pressure in 2004. It’s time to pass a new, comprehensive assault weapon ban. 

•           Reporting of Lost and Stolen Firearms – Pennsylvania needs to pass legislation requiring gun owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm within 24 hours of the discovery of the loss or theft. 

•           Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act – incredibly the NRA is now working to stop the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because the legislation would close the “boyfriend loophole” by barring those convicted of abusing or assaulting a dating partner from buying or owning a handgun.  

“Each of these proposals represents common sense policy changes that would great help law enforcement to better protect our communities and to save innocent lives. The time for action is now” said Stollsteimer. 

Jack Stollsteimer is a former Delaware County and Federal prosecutor who also served as Pennsylvania Safe Schools Advocate. For more information about Jack and his 10-point Smart on Crime platform please see: www.jackfordelcoda.com

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STOLLSTEIMER FOR DELCO DA ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN CHAIRS

Release Date: IMMEDIATE (March 25, 2019)

Contact: Colleen Kennedy - wreckingballstrategies@gmail.com 

STOLLSTEIMER FOR DELCO DA ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN CHAIRS

Havertown – Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today announced his campaign’s top leadership team. “I’m very proud to announce that Tanner Rouse, Tinu Moss and Lloyd Long III have agreed to Co-Chair my campaign to become our next elected District Attorney.” said Stollsteimer. “Tanner, Tinu and Lloyd are each highly respected and accomplished leaders both in the legal community and the Delaware County Democratic Party and I’m very thankful to have their support and guidance in my campaign to bring real change to our county.” he continued. 

·        Tanner Rouse is an award-winning former Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia DA’s Office.  Prior to leaving the Office in October of 2017, Tanner successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases, including multiple verdicts of First Degree murder during his time in the prestigious homicide unit  He is currently a trial attorney at KOT Law where he recently recorded one of the largest verdicts in Bucks County history and serves as the Assistant Solicitor for the Delaware County Democratic Committee. He is currently a resident of Upper Providence Township with his wife Ursula and two small children. 

·        Tinu Moss grew up in Yeadon Borough and graduating from Penn Wood High School in 1994. She attended Duke University on an academic scholarship and earned two Bachelor degrees and a minor from Duke in 1998.She earned her Juris Doctorate from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2005 and an LLM in Taxation in 2006.  She currently maintains her legal practice focused on family, criminal and civil law. Tinu also serves Yeadon’s Borough Manager, the community in which she still lives with her husband, Anthony Moss Sr., Business Agent for Laborers’ Local 413 and their 23-month old son.

·        Lloyd Long III is a civil rights and criminal defense attorney. He graduated with honors from Rutgers Law School, where he was the Articles Editor for the Rutgers Journal of Law and Urban Policy, and a law clerk at the US Attorney’s Office in Camden. Mr. Long began his legal career at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. He has tried dozens of jury trials and hundreds of bench trials to verdict, and handled over two hundred cases in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. Mr. Long resides in Nether Providence with his wife, Michelle, and their children, Olivia and Gabrielle.

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MADDEN, ZIDEK AND STOLLSTEIMER CALL FOR THE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO  INVESTIGATE THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2019

Contact: Colleen Kennedy, 610 609 6456, wreckingballstrategies@gmail.com

MADDEN, ZIDEK AND STOLLSTEIMER CALL FOR THE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO  INVESTIGATE THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL

Media, PA – County Councilmen Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek joined Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today in calling for District Attorney Katayoun Copeland to refer the allegations of systemic abuse of children and cover ups at the Glen Mills Schools, detailed over the past several weeks in a series of investigative stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer, to the Pennsylvania Attorney General for an independent criminal investigation.

“The detailed allegations of decades-long physical abuse of children at the Glen Mills Schools is sickening.” said Madden and Zidek. “As elected officials, we need to know what law enforcement agencies in Delaware County, including the District Attorney’s office, have known about these repeated incidents and why no actions have been taken to stop the systemic abuse of children in our county.”

“Pennsylvania law provides for county prosecutors to refer investigations to the State Attorney General when the local prosecutor may have a conflict,” said Stollsteimer. “This case cries out for such a referral. Part of any independent investigation must include a determination of what the DA’s office knew about the systemic abuse alleged to have gone on at Glen Mills for decades and why they didn’t act to protect children,” he continued. 

“It’s clearly a conflict for the DA’s office to investigate itself and we can’t understand if District Attorney Copeland can’t see the obvious conflict or if she’s trying to sweep her office’s inaction under the rug,” said Zidek. 

Madden, Zidek and Stollsteimer join Philadelphia Council members Helen Gym, Kenyatta Johnson, State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-181) and Danilo Burgos (D-197), and local youth leaders who have called for an investigation into Glen Mills by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office.

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STOLLSTEIMER CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION INTO THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Colleen Kennedy - 610-609-6456, wreckingballstrategies@gmail.com

STOLLSTEIMER CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION INTO THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL

HAVERTOWN – Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today called on District Attorney Katayoun Copeland to open a criminal investigation in response to allegations of systemic abuse and cover ups detailed in Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer investigation into Glen Mills Schools. 

“The allegations of decades long physical abuse of children at the Glen Mills school sicken me as a parent.” said Stollsteimer. “As a former prosecutor, I can only wonder why our current District Attorney has been silent in response to the evidence presented in the Inquirer’s investigation of potential abuse of  children in her back yard.” He continued. 

Stollsteimer joins Philadelphia Council members Helen Gym, Kenyatta Johnson, and youth advocates who have called for an investigation into Glen Mills since the story was published on Sunday, February 24th. 

Jack Stollsteimer is a former Delaware County and Federal prosecutor who is the Delaware County Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Delaware County District Attorney in the 2019 elections.

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Deputy state treasurer launches bid for Delco D.A.

“Parents and families in Delaware County all want neighborhoods that are safe, and a criminal justice system that is fair and treats everyone with dignity,” said Jack Stollsteimer in a release Wednesday. “I’m running for district attorney because we can do so much better than the broken system we have now.”

Stollsteimer, a former assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and assistant district attorney in Delaware County, said in the release that he has developed a 10-point “Smart on Crime” agenda outlining his aims if elected.

“My Smart on Crime agenda is a series of common sense reforms designed to help us fight gun violence and protect our workers,” he said. “It will help us end the opioid epidemic while treating people living with addiction with compassion. I’m looking forward to talking to our neighbors about my agenda, and how we can build a safer future together.”

Read more of this Delco Times cover story.

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How One County Became a Lab for California’s Prison Reform

via The Marshall Project.

As they braced themselves, county officials set up a system of collaborative courts to help former prisoners find jobs, housing and treatment for mental health and addiction problems. They pioneered a program that uses sophisticated risk assessments rather than cash bail to decide which defendants were safe to release before trial. And local officials launched an array of novel anti-crime programs, including one aimed at building trust between police and residents and another that gives stipends to young people considered at risk of committing gun violence.

What happened next surprised many.

While overall crime in California increased slightly after 2011, San Joaquin County’s dropped 20 percent and hit a decades-old low last year. The county’s jail, which had been under court-ordered monitoring because of dangerous overcrowding, now has empty beds. Participation in specialized drug courts has increased and recidivism among newly released offenders has dropped.

Read more.

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