Police and Prison Reform in Delaware County​

Police and Prison Reform in Delaware County

Issues & Actions Team, Q2 2022

The Haverford Democrats’ Issues and Actions Team is taking action on three issues in 2022:

Police Reform, Prison Reform, and Election Equity. If you would like to work with fellow Democrats on policy matters as well as poll watching, we invite you to join us and work on the issue of greatest interest to you.

Upcoming Event: Panel Discussion

The de-privatization of George Hill Correctional Facility

Come join us as we discuss the recent de-privatization of the Delaware County Jail, current conditions in the jail  and the ongoing efforts to implement programming and services at the Jail that align with the goals of  rehabilitation and treatment for incarcerated members of our community. 

The panelists are all individuals who are working daily to monitor and improve the Delaware County Jail. They are  members of the county government and individuals responsible to monitor and report on the conditions in the Jail. 

Join us as we ask questions and learn about these exciting developments at the Jail and in the criminal justice  system generally. 

RSVP by emailing events@haverforddemocrats.com to receive the zoom link

Get Involved

Police Reform is taking up the issue of the “Thin Blue Line” flag flying tall over the Haverford Township Administration Building. We hope to meet, as Haverford residents, with Chief Viola to discuss the contested meaning of the flag and how a training program might increase police officers’ understanding of the message it sends.

Prison Reform wants to build on the historic transfer of Delco’s George H. Hill Prison from private management to public management. We will explore the opportunity to introduce the reform-minded new warden, Laura K. Williams, to Haverford residents in a public forum that includes other experienced prison reform advocates.

Election Equity plans to educate Haverford residents about the recent map-drawing process in Harrisburg and explain the effects of new PA. voting laws on voters in the commonwealth.

If you are interested in getting involved please send us a message through the volunteer form and we will get right back to you.

2021 Bias in the Courtroom Forum

Join the HTDC Issues & Actions team as we shed light on the multiple sources of bias in the criminal justice system, from initial contact with law enforcement to sentencing and incarceration. Specific attention will be given to public defender funding and Pennsylvania’s life without parole prison population.

Watch The Forum on YouTube

2020 Police Reform Forum

On November 19th 2020, Haverford Dems sponsored a forum to discuss police reform efforts in Haverford Township, Delco, and the state of PA. Emmy-Award-winning journalist Monique Braxton moderated a discussion with local officials.

Watch The Forum on YouTube

History-making election for Haverford Township!

For the first time ever, Democrats have won the majority of the 9 seats on the township board of commissioners AND for the first time ever, Wards 3,4,5,6, and 8 have a Magisterial District Judge (“MDJ”) who is a Democrat.


Sheryl Forste-Grupp
Ward 2
56% 0f votes


Judy Trombetta
Ward 4
62% of votes


Laura Cavender
Ward 5
65% of votes


Larry Holmes
Ward 6
78% of votes


Gerry Hart
Ward 8
73% of votes


Elysia Mancini Duerr
MDJ
58% of votes

Haverford Democrats slate of 4 School Board seats collectively won 61% of all votes cast!


Kristin Larsen


Danielle Vitale


Latanya S. H. King


Kimberly Mckay

Haverford Democrats made ALL the difference in the Delaware County races where we made a clean sweep in all county races:

Court of Common Pleas: Deb Krull & Tinu Moss
County Council: Kevin Madden & Richard Womack
Sheriff: Jerry Sanders
Controller: Joanne Phillips
Register of Wills: Rachel Ezzell Berry

You can dive deep into the numbers at Delco’s “Precincts/County Results” page. The very top line of GREEN lettering on left takes you to County-wide results by office. You will find TOTAL Haverford Township results on that County-wide page. Search by a candidate’s name to quickly access a particular race. (For example, search “King” to get Haverford School Board totals, or “Cavender” to get Haverford Ward 5 totals).

For statewide results or results in other counties, you can visit the PA Department of State’s “unofficial results” page.

As of November 12, provisional votes and some mail-in votes still being tallied around the state.

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