Download this packet for helpful information for talking to your legislators (and your friends and neighbors) about why prison expansion is bad for Pennsylvania and what we can be doing instead.
Decarcerate PA Newsletter
Decarcerate PA also produces a quarterly newsletter which is designed to be a method of communication between Decarcerate PA supporters inside and outside of prison.
You can download the complete newsletter by clicking here.
Decarcerate PA Factsheets
General Outreach Flyer
Our Platform / La Plataforma
Legislation we support
No Time Bar for Innocence - Senate Bill 1153 would give people with criminal convictions up to a year to ask for a new trial after discovering new evidence related to their case.
Decarcerate PA supports these bills and encourages similar efforts to reduce Pennsylvania’s prison population.
Contact your legislators and tell them you support the passage of SB1153. You can find the contact information for your legislators at: www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/
To learn more about other policy changes that Decarcerate PA supports, check out our factsheet on How to Reduce Pennsylvania's Prison Population
For information on prison-related legislation in PA, check out the Pennsylvania Prison Society's Legislative Updates Page
What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers in PA This new report from the VERA Institute shows that Pennsylvania taxpayers are paying $463.9 million more on prison costs than is refected in the Department of Corrections $1.591 billion budget. And that does not even include the $685 million in capitol funds slated for new prison construction.
Pennsylvania Incarceration Facts from the Sentencing Project
Philadelphia’s Crowded, Costly Jails: The Search for Safe Solutions Study on the Philly Jails from the Pew Charitable Trust
For news and information about what is going on inside Pennsylvania's prisons, check out the Human Rights Coalition's website
PA Prison Directory Action Guide - a great resource list for currently and formerly incarcerated people in Pennsylvania
This is a Prison, Glitter is not Allowed - a report from Hearts on a Wire about the experiences of trans and gender variant people in PA's prison system
Misplaced Priorities: Over Incarcerate, Under Educate - a report from the NAACP that examines America's escalating levels of prison spending and its impact on state budgets and our nation’s children.
Why Mass Incarceration Matters - a great article by scholar Heather Thompson