One of the ways how I measure humanity is by the level of compassion society and its infrastructure has for its riffraff or for those victims of society’s evils such as poverty, mental illnesses, moral absences, or failure of its educational system. Many victims of those evils are individuals that I live with every day in this place called prison. Some are individuals who will return to society in the same state, for the most part, in which they came here, due to neglect of sincere rehabilitative programs. Others among them are usually those that have been doomed to suffer for the rest of their physical life in coffins parading as correctional institutions.
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.
Pennsylvania prisons hold over 5000 people serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. In PA, a life sentence means your natural life–it is a sentence that condemns you to die in prison – which is why many choose to call it Death By Incarceration.
Check out the latest issue of Decarcerate PA's newsletter! This season we're featuring articles about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, information about our upcoming 24-hour "speak in" to protest the Silencing Act, updates from the Coalition to Abolish Life Without Parole, an essay by David Lee, a spotlight on the Amistad Law Project, and a reportback on our 12 Days for Justice campaign.