Voices from the Inside

This page is for the words we recieve from our allies and comrades inside Pennsylvania's prisons. Many of these statements were given to us to be read at protests and rallys, including the February 20th Occupy for Prisoners rally and the November 19th Tribunal to put the PA Prison System on trial.

If you or someone you love is currently incarcerated and wants to submit something for our Voices from the Inside section, write to us at:

Decarcerate PA
PO Box 40764
Philadelphia, PA 19107

By Curtis “Tawfeeq” Braxton

The word “penitentiary” has its origin in the word “penitent,” which is synonymous with “repentance” which adds the implication of a resolve to change, the... READ MORE

I hope and pray this message finds y’all in great health! This message is targeted toward the black youth of this day, which I am a part of, too. Long before the white man came to this country,... READ MORE

There was a motion in our Triumph organization here at the institution to donate $500 to your organization. It was denied by the administration, stating that you were not on our approved vendor... READ MORE

Police brutalityBy Ernest R. Morris

Dear Community:... READ MORE

"The Negro does not want love. He wants justice."

- E. Franklin Frazier, 1894 - 1662 


By Terrell, SCI Graterford

What is your name? How long have you been incarcerated?

My name is Terrell and I’ve been incarcerated... READ MORE

by Usamah aka Dante Burton


We have become blinded by the fact that we have gained rights, and the fact that we were treated better. However, black lives have never really... READ MORE

By Richie Marra, SCI Chester

The “tough-on-crime” mantra... READ MORE

By David Lee, SCI Coal Township

What follows is an excerpt from a longer article written by David... READ MORE

By Kevin White

These words are just a few of the many statements and phrases that are said to an attorney, a prosecutor or judge after a criminal defendant is found guilty of a crime in... READ MORE

by Incarcerated Citizens Coalition (ICC)

On June 16 to June 23, men at SCI Coal Township initiated a 1-week, peaceful boycott of the Inmate Dining Hall in response to the implementation of... READ MORE

By Sergio Hyland, SCI Green

I saw something interesting last night. It was after midnight, and I was outside shoveling snow. In prison, any job you can get that allows... READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Mr. LeBron James
Cleveland Cavalier
One Center Ct.
Cleveland, OH 44115

Dear LeBron:

Cordial greetings. I am writing to you at this time for many... READ MORE

By David Lee

On June 16th, the men here at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute at Coal Township started a week-long, non-... READ MORE

Mass incarceration is certainly the new “Jim Crow”
There are many better ways to spend our dough…
Our youth deserve better, should be given the tools,

First of all, I want to commend everyone in attendance for their commitment, passion and humanity. The new prisons being built represent so much more than prison expansion and all of you... READ MORE

By Fred (SCI Graterford) 

Building new prisons is just an external symptom of the cancer that is eating away at our society’s core. At the root of the issue is the ever-... READ MORE

By David Lee

Today’s human rights issues must encompass a broad range of issues. These issues must include decent employment in which workers have a relevant voice, decent and safe housing... READ MORE

From Eduardo at SCI Graterford:

Let this be the year that keeps warm the feet of those who march towards freedom; let the light of... READ MORE


Subscribe to Voices from the Inside