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.
There are over 5000 people serving Life Without Parole sentences in Pennsylvania. In PA, ‘life’ means your entire life, which is why many instead call it Death By Incarceration (DBI). This harsh sentencing does not improve public safety and disproportionately impacts poor people and people of color.
Rally at the DA's office, Three South Penn Square (just southeast of City Hall)
Tuesday, August 9th, 12pm
Seth Williams told the New York Times he will not seek Life Without Parole for people being re-sentenced under the Miller/Montgomery decisions, which made mandatory Juvenile Life Without Parole sentences unconstitutional. But he is pushing plea deals from 35-life, meaning people sentenced as children will leave prison as elders or not at all. Other counties in PA have already brought home their loved ones home, and Philadelphia must do the same.
On Friday May 6, in honor of Mother's Day, the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) held a powerful rally and press conference calling on the state of Pennsylvania to make compassion, redemption, and healing in our communities possible by recognizing the U.S. Supreme Court mandate to provide fair and meaningful resentencing to the more than 500 children sentenced to die in prison here in PA.
The Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) has been hard at work over the last several months. CADBI is a coalition that was founded by Decarcerate PA, the Human Rights Coalition, Fight for Lifers, and Right to Redemption to end life without parole / death by incarceration (DBI) in Pennsylvania.
Last spring, the #No215Jail campaign — which was started by Decarcerate PA and others to stop the expansion of the Philadelphia’s county jails — was successful at blocking a City Council bill that would have allocated $7.2 million for land acquisition to build a new 3000 bed jail in Philadelphia.
First of all, we would like to apologize for such a long newsletter delay. We have had a busy six months, both working to advance our two campaigns, and also re-imagining Decarecerate’s structure and work to more fully involve the leadership of our Inside Advisory Board (IAB).
Throughout the first week of April 2016, Decarcerate PA travelled across the state of Pennsylvania to support performances of the play “Mariposa & The Saint.” Co-written entirely through correspondence by Julia Steele Allen and Sarah (Mariposa) Fonseca while Mariposa was being held in solitary confinement in a women’s prison in California, the play documents Mariposa’s personal history, her enduring spirit of resistance, and her struggle to maint