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.
On Thursday June 11th, City Council is again set to vote on purchasing land to expand the Philadelphia Prison System. We have already successfully delayed the vote on Bill #150406 twice (huge thanks to all who called and tweeted at City Council as part of last week’s Call In Day) but Councilman Henon seems determined to bring it to a vote. That’s why we’re asking everyone to come to City Council on Thursday to tell City Council that Philadelphia needs to invest in decarceration, public education, and community reinvestment, not more jail cells! Th
On Thursday, June 4 ,City Council is again scheduled to vote on Bill #150406, which would authorize $7.2 million dollars to buy land to build a new jail in Philly. The city claims the new construction would replace the House of Correction, although it would house over 1000 more people. Decarcerate PA and the Philly Student Union are organizing a call-in day to stop the Bill.
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.