Why is the House Judiciary Committee attacking prisoners and their families?
On June 27th, the PA House Judiciary Committee voted to advance a package of six anti-prisoner bills designed to leverage additional financial penalties against incarcerated people and people facing criminal charges.
Decarcerate PA is a an organization working to end to mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in PA has increased by over 43,000 due to decades of so-called "tough-on-crime" legislation, which disproportionately affects people of color and poor and working class communities.
Check out the latest issue of Decarcerate PA's newsletter! This season we're featuring articles about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, information about our upcoming 24-hour "speak in" to protest the Silencing Act, updates from the Coalition to Abolish Life Without Parole, an essay by David Lee, a spotlight on the Amistad Law Project, and a reportback on our 12 Days for Justice campaign.
This past holiday season marked the six-month anniversary of the historic Coal Township Dining Hall Boycott, when 1,300 prisoners at SCI Coal Township refused to go to the dining hall for a week to protest food cutbacks and denials of their basic human rights.