Incarcerated human rights activists Robert Saleem Holbrook, Edward Monroe, Nate Butler, Tyree Little, and several others have been placed in the Restricted Housing Unit at SCI Coal Township, likely as an act of retaliation because of their courageous work as advocates for justice from within Pennsylvania's prisons.
This summer, the PA House Judiciary Committee voted to advance a package of six anti-prisoner bills that target currently incarcerated people, persons facing charges, and their families for additional financial penalties. Decarcerate PA is working to fight these bills, which may go up for a floor vote within weeks, and we need your help!
Prisoners at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Coal Township are renewing their protest against food cutbacks and other unjust conditions. On August 18, prisoners will stage a peaceful protest against the Dining Hall – please take action, call and write prison officials today!
Check out the latest issue of Decarcerate PA's newsletter! This season we're featuring the mobilization inside and outside of prison to stop food cutbacks in the DOC, highlighting Decarcerate PA's recent Community Empowerment Award, and fighting back against legislation that would hurt prisoners and their families.
As Gov. Tom Corbett made a spectacle last week of his own priorities for next year's budget, he seemed increasingly desperate to make good on unfulfilled promises.
The same could be said of his efforts at prison reform. For the fourth year in a row, Corbett pushed through a budget that significantly increases funding for Pennsylvania's prison system, sending an additional $78 million to the Department of Corrections.
This week we had a prerecorded interview with some of the Hearts on a Wire Collective talking about their campaigns, report on trans and gender variant people in Pennsylvania prisons, and the newsletter they send inside prisons. The Voices from the Inside segment featured poetry from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prisoner Advisory Committee Blog.
Update: this Bill was approved unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee and will go before the General Assembly in the fall. Please call your representatives and tell them to oppose this bill, and check back soon for more information about what Decarcerate is doing to make sure this and other anti-prisoner legislation does not move forward.