Following her arrest for illegal possession of a firearm in New Jersey, Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen was denied entry into pre-trial intervention (PTI)—a program designed specifically for first-time offenders such as herself. And because of mandatory sentencing in New Jersey for firearm offenses, the judge had no discretion to reduce her three-year minimum sentence.
In response to the public outcry over the injustice of her case, the prosecutor’s office reconsidered its denial of entrance into PTI for Shaneen Allen. We are now able to announce that they have reversed their previous stance and allowed her to substitute PTI for prison time, in the long run avoiding a criminal record and preserving her ability to care for her children. Cam Edwards, Ginny Simone and Allen's attorney, Evan Nappen, discuss the outcome.