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

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 Ed at SCI Graterford:

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

by Robert Saleem Holbrook

On October 30, 2013 in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. lan Cunningham, in one stroke the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's right wing... READ MORE

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision today denying relief to juveniles sentenced to LWOP prior to the United States Supreme Court’s June 2012 decision in... READ MORE

Pennsylvania’s prison population is bursting at the seams; while other states are closing their prisons and saving money, Governor Corbett wants to build more prisons burdening taxpayers who are... READ MORE

Building two prisons on the grounds of Graterford while a new, unused prison in Centre County already exists is an example of poor accounting procedures, akin to locking the barn after the horse... READ MORE

KERRY SHAKABOONA MARSHALL, Human Rights and Social Activist

Greetings Everyone!

My name is Shakaboona. I am a wrongly convicted prisoner with a juvenile life sentence, who has been... READ MORE

“Doubling Down”

Politicians tend to be a cowardly lot. They avoid doing anything difficult even if what needs doing makes perfect sense. They were... READ MORE

My name is James Hough and I’ve been imprisoned for almost two decades for a crime I committed as a juvenile. While I’ve been here I’ve watched the prison population grow larger, younger, and... READ MORE

Paul Perry: Deconstructing the Politics of Prison page 1, Paul Perry: Deconstructing the Politics of Prison page 2

When I heard of the call, just raised In Oakland, California, to "Occupy the Prisons", I gasped.

It was not an especially radical call, but it was right on time.

For prisons have... READ MORE

The following article was submitted to us by Larry Stephenson, who is incarcerated at SCI Graterford, so that we could read it at the February 20th Occupy for Prisoners... READ MORE

The following statement is from Commer Glass on behalf of the Veterans of Graterford/VVA Chapter 466.  This statement was read by Decarcerate PA at the February 20th Occupy for Prisoners... READ MORE

Commer Glass: Statement written for Occupy for Prisoners

I have been housed in the Secure Housing Unit at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center for over five agonizing years. During these five years, I have spent the majority of my time suffering through... READ MORE

The following statement is from John, who is serving a juvenile life without parole sentence at SCI Graterford.  This statement was read aloud at the February 20th Occupy for Prisoners... READ MORE

John at SCI Graterford: Statement written for Occupy for Prisoners

The following statement is from James White Eagle Robinson on behalf of the SCIG Native American Community at SCI Graterford.  This statement was read aloud at the... READ MORE

James White Eagle Robinson: Statement written for Occupy for Prisoners

Robert Saleem Holbrook is a politicized prisoner at SCI Coal Township serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole that he received as a juvenile. He is an active... READ MORE

This statement was also written by Saleem, this time for the segment of our April 5th march and rally that took place outside of the Criminal Justice Center.  In this statement he specifically... READ MORE

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