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 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

marching feetFrom Eduardo at SCI Graterford:

My words, my soul, I share... 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


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