Bad Bills phone scripts

Want to be part of the movement to stop the Bad Bills but not sure what to say to your legislators? Use the helpful scripts below to guide you when you call your senators and representatives and ask them to vote against the anti-prisoner legislation. Feel free to add your own message and explain how these bills will impact you personally. Thanks for calling!

Script for House Judiciary Committee

Script for your Representatives

Script for Senate Judiciary Committee

Script for your Senators

Call-in Script for House Judiciary Members

Below is a sample script you can use when making calls to House Judiciary Members. Our primary targets on the House Judiciary are Ron Marsico (Majority Chair), Thomas Caltagirone (Minority Chair), and Vanessa Lowery Brown (Chair of the Black Caucus) about the anti-prisoner bills they voted to advance on June 27th.

You can call their Harrisburg offices at:

Representative Marsico - 717-783-2014

Representative Thomas Caltagirone - 717-787- 3525

Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown - 717 - 783 - 3822

You can find the numbers for other House Judiciary Committee members here.

Thanks for calling!

SCRIPT for calling Representative _______________:

Caller: “Hi, my name is ______________. I’d like to speak to Representative __________ or his/her staff person who handles House Judiciary Committee matters.”

You may be told no one is available to speak with you. You can then tell the receptionist or whoever you are speaking with.

Caller: “I am calling to voice my deep concern about the six anti-prisoner bills that the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance on June 27th. These bills include: HB2386, HB2134, HB2382, HB2383, HB2384, and HB2385.  I am in strong opposition to these bills as they are designed to financially exploit incarcerated people, people facing criminal charges, and their families.

If passed, this legislation will make conditions worse for people in prison, punish their families and communities, and worsen the impact of mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. These bills will not help people who have been harmed by violence, who would be better served by investment in community-based mediation, mental health care, and other needed social services.”

If you are calling Representatives Lowery Brown or Caltagirone, feel free to add:

“I am deeply disturbed that Representative [Lowery Brown/Caltagirone] voted to advance this legislation, as [she/he] has repeatedly stated that she/he supports incarcerated people and their families. I am urging the representative to do the right thing and vote against these bills if they come before the House this fall. It is time to introduce and pass legislation that is about real prison reform, which actually supports individuals, families and healthy communities.”

If you have the chance to talk more at length to a staff person or the representative, or if you are interested in writing them a letter, here is a summary of the bills for your reference: http://decarceratepa.info/summary-bad-bills

Call-in Script for other State Representatives

Below is a sample script you can use when making calls to your representatives. You can look up the phone number for your State Representative at http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/

Thanks for calling!

Caller: “Hi, my name is ______________. I’d like to speak to Representative __________ or their staff person who handles criminal justice matters.”

You may be told no one is available to speak with you. You can then tell the receptionist or whoever you are speaking with.

Caller: “I am one of Representative [rep’s name] constituents, and I am calling to voice my opposition to the six anti-prisoner bills that will likely come before the House this fall. These bills include: HB2386, HB2134, HB2382, HB2383, HB2384, and HB2385.  I am asking Representative ________ to vote against these bills, which would financially exploit incarcerated people, people facing criminal charges, and their families.

If passed, this legislation will make conditions worse for people in prison, punish their families and communities, and worsen the impact of mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. These bills do nothing to help people who have been harmed by violence, who would be better served by investment in community-based mediation, mental health care, and other needed social services.”

If you have the chance to talk more at length to a staff person or the representative, here is a summary of the bills for your reference: http://decarceratepa.info/summary-bad-bills

SCRIPT for calling Senators Greenleaf or Senator Leach (Senate Judiciary Chairs)

Caller: “Hi, my name is ______________. I’d like to speak to Senator Greenleaf/Leach or his staff person who handles Senate Judiciary Committee matters.”

You may be told no one is available to speak with you. You can then tell the receptionist or whoever you are speaking with.

Caller: “I am calling to voice my concern about the six anti-prisoner bills that are coming before the House this fall. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a supporter of prisoners rights, I wanted to make sure that Senator [Greenleaf/Leach] was aware of the Bills and would vote against them if they come before the Senate Judiciary Committee. These bills include: HB2386, HB2134, HB2382, HB2383, HB2384, and HB2385.  I am in strong opposition to these bills as they are designed to financially exploit incarcerated people, people facing criminal charges, and their families. I am urging Senator [Greenleaf/Leach] to stop this legislation from going through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If passed, this legislation will make conditions worse for people in prison, punish their families and communities, and worsen the impact of mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. These bills will not help people who have been harmed by violence, who would be better served by investment in community-based mediation, mental health care, and other needed social services. I know Senator [Greenleaf/Leach] has expressed support for the families of men and women incarcerated in Pennsylvania’s prisons, and I hope he will show that support by voting against these bills.

If you have the chance to talk more at length to a staff person or the representative, or if you are interested in writing them a letter, here is a summary of the bills for your reference: http://decarceratepa.info/summary-bad-bills

 

SCRIPT for calling Senate Judiciary Committee Members:

Caller: “Hi, my name is ______________. I’d like to speak to Senator _____________ or his/her staff person who handles Senate Judiciary Committee matters.”

You may be told no one is available to speak with you. You can then tell the receptionist or whoever you are speaking with.

Caller: “I am calling to voice my deep concern about the six anti-prisoner bills that may come before the Senate Judiciary Committee this fall. These bills include: HB2386, HB2134, HB2382, HB2383, HB2384, and HB2385.  I am in strong opposition to these bills as they are designed to financially exploit incarcerated people, people facing criminal charges, and their families. I am urging Senator _______ to vote against these bills if they come through the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If passed, this legislation will make conditions worse for people in prison, punish their families and communities, and worsen the impact of mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. These bills will not help people who have been harmed by violence, who would be better served by investment in community-based mediation, mental health care, and other needed social services.”

If you have the chance to talk more at length to a staff person or the representative, here is a summary of the bills for your reference: http://decarceratepa.info/summary-bad-bills

SCRIPT for calling your Senator:

Caller: “Hi, my name is ______________. I’d like to speak to Senator __________ or their staff person who handles criminal justice matters.”

You may be told no one is available to speak with you. You can then tell the receptionist or whoever you are speaking with.

Caller: “I am one of Senator [Senator’s name] constituents, and I am calling to voice my opposition to six anti-prisoner bills that will likely be introduced in the Senate this fall. These bills, which passed through the House Judiciary Committee in June, include: HB2386, HB2134, HB2382, HB2383, HB2384, and HB2385.  I am asking Senator _____ to vote against these bills, which would financially exploit incarcerated people, people facing criminal charges, and their families.

If passed, this legislation will make conditions worse for people in prison, punish their families and communities, and worsen the impact of mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. These bills do nothing to help people who have been harmed by violence, who would be better served by investment in community-based mediation, mental health care, and other needed social services.”

If you have the chance to talk more at length to a staff person or the representative, here is a summary of the bills for your reference: http://decarceratepa.info/summary-bad-bills