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.
So far, gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf has had little to say about how he’d address Pennsylvania’s mass incarceration crisis. With less than a week remaining before the election, over 51,000 people in prison and a $2 billion+ corrections budget, it is past time that Wolf tells us where he stands on mass incarceration.
Pennsylvania legislators are trying to stop prisoners from speaking about their ideas and experiences. Last week, PA Representative Mike Vereb introduced a bill (HB2533) called the “Revictimization Relief Act,” which would allow victims, District Attorneys, and the Attorney General to sue people who have been convicted of “personal injury” crimes for speaking out publicly if it causes the victim of the crime “mental anguish.”
On October 1st, Governor Tom Corbett and Gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf will be in Philadelphia for a debate.
During his time as Governor, Corbett has spent $685 million to expand Pennsylvania's prison system and has failed to deliver meaningful reform to bring people home from prison. Corbett has cut massive amounts of funding from public education and public services. He has cut General Assistance, put forward an inadequate Medicaid proposal, and advanced failed policies that harm young people, workers, incarcerated people, and people living with HIV and AIDS.
Incarcerated human rights activists Robert Saleem Holbrook, Edward Monroe, Nate Butler, Tyree Little, and several others have been placed in the Restricted Housing Unit at SCI Coal Township, likely as an act of retaliation because of their courageous work as advocates for justice from within Pennsylvania's prisons.
This summer, the PA House Judiciary Committee voted to advance a package of six anti-prisoner bills that target currently incarcerated people, persons facing charges, and their families for additional financial penalties. Decarcerate PA is working to fight these bills, which may go up for a floor vote within weeks, and we need your help!
Prisoners at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Coal Township are renewing their protest against food cutbacks and other unjust conditions. On August 18, prisoners will stage a peaceful protest against the Dining Hall – please take action, call and write prison officials today!