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

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 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

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

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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