Friedenberg also touched on decriminalization and the need to stop private prisons because they “create incentives to fill up the beds no matter whether a number of crimes have been committed or not.”
He also said he supports a federal initiative that would prevent employers from asking whether a potential employee has had a prior criminal conviction.
“It keeps too many people out of jobs …. They’ve served their time, and they ought to be able to get back into the workforce and contribute to our society again,” Friedenberg said.
The candidates also addressed the lack of broadband access in many rural parts of the district.
Friedenberg said companies like Comcast and Verizon are working to “systematically undermine municipal broadband efforts.” There needs to be more choice and competition to drive down cost and be able to dictate what level of privacy customers want, he said.
The Pennsylvania primary election is May 15.