Check out the latest updates from Decarcerate PA! This issue features updates from the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration and the #No215Jail campaign, legislative updates, info on how to get involved, and much more!
The City of Philadelphia has sentenced more children to die in prison than anywhere else in the world. These sentences tear apart families and communities and do nothing to make our city safer. No child should live their entire life behind bars. That is why the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) invites you to join us Friday, May 6th for a Mother's Day Rally to Restore Families & Communities and Bring Our Loved Ones Home.
Announcing: DPA's Transcription Team! Do you want to support the work of DPA but live far from Philadelphia? Or do you have trouble making it to meetings? We are happy to announce a new online volunteering opportunity: The DPA Transcription Team!
Every month we receive dozens and dozens of letters from our members and allies inside PA's prisons. Some of these letters contain public statements to be shared on our website's "Voices from the Inside" section.
We do not want our comrades, or others whom we love and care about to perish in these lonely cages of anguish, so we are asking for everyone to band together as brothers and sisters, and not allow anything to divide us. Our unity can save our lives, so let us unite!
Last year, Decarcerate PA and our allies mobilized to stop a package of anti-prisoner bills designed to leverage additional financial penalties against incarcerated people and people facing criminal charges. We were successful at stalling these bills, but in the last legislative session, some have been reintroduced.
Philly needs bail reform and education funding, not more prison beds
In March of 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter released a “10-Year Master Plan for the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS).” The plan recommends the city close the House of Correction and build a new jail with 3000 beds, more than doubling the intended capacity of the existing facility.