HARRISBURG – Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) was presented this week with the Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Pennsylvania.
In addition to Delozier, the college also recognized Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Greene), Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) for the group’s leadership on criminal justice reform. The four are chairpersons of the bipartisan/bicameral General Assembly’s Criminal Justice Reform Caucus.
The award was announced at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry’s annual dinner.
Delozier thanked the college and chamber for the recognition.
“We are making commonsense changes in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system and making Pennsylvania a leader other states look to,” she said. “I appreciate being recognized for my willingness to work across the aisle in what are widely considered to be polarized times politically. My door is always open to my constituents and colleagues.”
Bartolotta, Haywood, Harris and Delozier are striving to reduce recidivism and help individuals who have learned from past mistakes reenter the workforce. Last session, Delozier and Harris spearheaded the Clean Slate Act – a first-in-the-nation law to help nonviolent offenders get a second chance by automatically sealing misdemeanor criminal records that are 10 years or older.
Allegheny College, a 204-year-old national liberal arts college in Meadville, Crawford County, created its Prize for Civility in Public Life to honor public officials from both sides of the political spectrum who have conducted themselves with noteworthy civility. The prize has been awarded nationally since 2012 and in Pennsylvania since 2017. Last year, former Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent and Democratic state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale received the state prize.
Representative Sheryl Delozier
Pennsylvania House of Representatives