Members of the West Philadelphia-based Human Rights Coalition joined with the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration for what was dubbed a Mother’s Day rally that called for the restoration of communities and juvenile sentencing reforms.
The May 6 rally was scheduled to take place outside City Hall but inclement weather forced the event to be held inside the Arch Street Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St.
Lorraine Haw has received three Mother’s Day cards in the last three days, all from the same place: the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield.
It’s at the state prison four hours away in the Allegheny Mountains where her son, Phillip Ocampo, is serving a life sentence without the chance of parole on second degree murder charges stemming from a 1995 burglary gone wrong. Ocampo was 19 when he was arrested. He’s now 41.