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.
As people of faith, we support legislation that would allow for parole eligibility for those serving life sentences. This is because we believe in the full humanity of those who are harmed by violence and those who perpetrate harm.
Join the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration for our third annual day of action in Harrisburg! This year, come make your voice heard during a “People’s Senate Vote” to demonstrate popular support to end Death By Incarceration – also known as Life Without Parole – across Pennsylvania. This rally will help advance two bills – Senate Bill 942 and House Bill 135 – that would make those serving life sentences in Pennsylvania eligible for parole after 15 years.
On Wednesday morning, July 11, Graterford was put on lockdown and we all knew what it was about. The dreaded move to SCI-Phoenix was finally going down after a decade of talk, building, and false starts.
Decarcerate PA is a grassroots organization working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. We formed in the spring of 2011 when a group of individuals and organizations came together to oppose a $685 million expansion of Pennsylvania’s state prison system.