CALL TO ACTION: call, write, and tweet at Seth Williams!!
Tell him to bring our loved ones home!
In 2012, the US Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. Alabama declared it unconstitutional to sentence young people under 18 to mandatory sentences of life sentences without parole, otherwise known as death by incarceration. States across the country, including Pennsylvania, resisted applying this ruling to people already sentenced to life without parole as children. In 2016, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, clarifying that Miller must be applied retroactively.
This means that every child who was sentenced to life without parole before 2012 must be resentenced -- that goes for the 300 + men and women who Philadelphia sentenced to death by incarceration as children prior to 2012. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth William claims that his office is working as fast as possible to resentence these 300+ people -- yet, his office has been fought against the retroactivity in the first place and he’s been dragging his feet since the Montgomery decision.
On the Friday before Mother’s Day, the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration delivered a giant Mother’s Day card calling on DA Seth Williams to restore families and communities NOW!
LET’S KEEP THE PRESSURE ON by CALLING, WRITING, and/or TWEETING Seth Williams!
- Week one (May 23rd - May 28th) Call District Attorney Seth Williams at 215-686-8000! Not sure what to say? You can find a call script here.
- Week two (May 31st - June 3rd) Email Seth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a sample email, click here.
- Week three (June 6th - June 10th) Write to Seth Williams at District Attorney Seth Williams, 3 South Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For a sample letter, click here.
- Every week: Tweet at Seth Williams at @DASethWilliams! Click here for sample tweets.