Join Let’s Get Free and Decarcerate PA in Harrisburg for a rally to restore meaningful commutation for Lifers
Currently there are over 5,000 people in PA sentenced to Life Without Parole (LWOP), also known as The Other Death Penalty. Commutation is currently the only way someone with a Life Sentence can get released from prison.
On Thursday, August 28th, Let’s Get Free, Decarcerate PA, and our allies will be traveling to Harrisburg to demand a meaningful commutation process with the actual possibility of release for people serving life sentences. The rally coincides with a Merit Review Hearing in which the Board of Pardons announces the names of those seeking commutation whose public hearing has been granted, the next step in the commutation process. At this hearing, Avis Lee, a woman who has served 34 years of a life sentence, will find out if the Board will even grant her a hearing. Avis is a Braille trascriber and an advocate for people in prison. To learn more about the campaign for meaningful commutation and Avis in particular, visit http://commutationnow.blogspot.com/p/commute-avis-lee.html
While in Harrisburg, we will meet with the Governor’s Office, hold a press conference, and education the Judiciary Committee about the broken commutations process. It will also be an opportunity to meet other people working on these issues from across the state.
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