Mass call in day to demand Governor Wolf listen to prisoners’ families and repeal harmful prison policies

On Wednesday, October 24th, we are asking you to call Governor Wolf’s office at 717-787-2500 to demand that he meet with the families and friends of incarcerated people, and repeal the harmful policies put in place by his administration.

Last month, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and Governor Tom Wolf rolled out some of the most punitive anti-prisoner policies in the country. These new DOC policies violate prisoners’ rights, restrict access to educational materials, and surveil and delay people’s correspondence with loved ones on the outside.

On October 10th at a fundraiser in Philadelphia, Governor Wolf told several family members of incarcerated people that he would meet with family and friends of people in prison to hear our concerns. When we followed up we were told that Wolf was too busy to meet with us but “we will be happy to keep your request on file for consideration.” It’s clear that Governor Wolf is not taking the concerns of his constituents -- or the human rights of people in prison -- seriously.

This week, we are holding a mass call-in to Governor Wolf’s office to make sure he follows through with his commitment to meet with the families of incarcerated people. Governor Wolf needs to hear why his harmful policies must be cancelled from family members who are directly impacted!

On Wednesday, call Governor Wolf at 717-787-2500 and tell him to follow through with his promise and schedule a meeting with incarcerated people’s families to discuss these harmful DOC policies.

On Facebook? Help spread the word and report back on your calls here!

Not sure what to say? Here’s a sample call script:

Caller: “Hi my name is _____[your name]____, from ___[wherever]____ , and I’d like to speak to Governor Wolf or his staff person who handles prison issues.”

You will likely be told that no one is available to speak with you. You can then tell the receptionist or whomever you are speaking with:

Caller: “I am calling to voice my deep concern about the harmful new policies put in place by the Department of Corrections. These policies are both cruel and costly. I am calling to ask Governor Wolf to meet with prisoners’ families so he can hear firsthand about how his constituents are being harmed. And I am asking him to repeal these policies immediately.”

Be sure that the receptionist or whoever does not discourage you from saying what you want to say. It can be very powerful to also explain how these policies are impacting you personally, so definitely feel free to share your own story and perspective.

On Twitter? Don’t forget to tweet at Wolf to let him know how you feel. Here are some sample tweets:

.@GovernorTomWolf why won’t you meet with prisoners’ families to hear about the harmful impacts of new DOC policies on your constituents? We need you to take a stand for human rights and repeal these expensive & destructive policies. #StopDOCcensorship #WolfDoBetter  

.@GovernorTomWolf why are you spending $15 million of taxpayer money to restrict book and mail access to people in prison? Education & family connection help everyone. Repeal these policies now! #StopDOCcensorship #WolfDoBetter

We can no more punish our way to drug-free prisons than we can imprison our way to a drugless nation. @GovernorTomWolf it’s time to listen to people in prison and their families to create policies that foster healing, not despair. #WolfDoBetter

Thank you for calling and tweeting! Keep spreading the word!