Decarcerate PA has recently put together a three part platform calling on Governor Corbett and Pennsylvania’s legislators to stop building new prisons, reduce the number of people in prison, and reinvest money in our schools and communities. We are reaching out to organizations across the state and asking them to sign on to this platform in order to demonstrate broad-based support for these policy changes. Already more than seventy organizations have endorsed this platform. If your organization would like to sign on, please contact us by email at decarceratePA@gmail.com or by phone at (267) 217-3372. Individuals can also sign on to the platform by clicking HERE. We look forward to working with you!
Right now, Decarcerate PA has chapters in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but we are eager to expand our work throughout the state. If you are interested in starting a Decarcerate PA chapter where you live, email us at decarceratePA@gmail.com or call (215)217-DEPA
On October 28th 2011, radical anti-prison activist, scholar and former political prsioner Angela Davis came to Philadelphia to speak at the University of Pennsylvania and at Occupy Philly. In both of her talks she gave powerful shout outs to decarceratePA! You can check out the clip in the audio below
The DecarceratePA general meeting happens every 2nd and 4th monday of the month at the Institute for Community Justice (21 S 12th Street, 7th floor). We meet from 6pm to 8pm. If the door is locked, look for a note with a phone number to call to get in the building. All are welcome!
On Thursday, October 27th, DecarceratePA joined with many other groups and individuals to testify in front of city coucil against the curfew on youth. Below is the statement that we read.
This statement was written on behalf of DecarceratePA, a group working to end prison expansion in Pennsylvania. Right now, the state of Pennsylvania is spending $685 million dollars to build three new state prisons and expand nine others. This comes at a time when the state has cut nearly one billion dollars from public education. While we are sure that many of you here on City Council also take issue with the decisions of Governor Corbett, we believe that the curfew on youth and other similar initiatives, such as stop and frisk, validates Corbett’s backwards priorities. Studies have shown that curfews do nothing to reduce crime rates. Making Philadelphia’s curfew laws even more punitive only serves to criminalize young people and their families. It contributes to a cycle of mass incarceration that is devastating both for Philadelphia’s communities and for the economy of our state.
March from Occupy Philly to company managing prison expansion
Philadelphia: As Occupy Philly approaches its first week at City Hall, part of a national wave of protests against corporate greed, local groups turn the focus toward companies profiting from prison expansion. On Wednesday, October 12, at 3 p.m. Decarcerate PA will lead a march from the Occupy Philly encampment at City Hall to the Philadelphia offices of Hill International to protest the company’s role in new prison construction in Pennsylvania.
Hill has been chosen to manage the construction of two new prisons on the grounds of SCI Graterford in Montgomery County. The Graterford expansion will double the current size of the prison at a projected cost of $400 million. In addition to adding more beds, the proposed new prison will include a new 100 bed death row and a unit for women prisoners. The two new Graterford prisons are part of a $685 million plan to expand prisons across the state.