Mayoral Candidates on Mass Incarceration

Decarcerate PA is a an organization working to end to mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in PA has increased by over 43,000 due to decades of so-called "tough-on-crime" legislation, which disproportionately affects people of color and poor and working class communities. Almost 1/3 of the prisoners in state institutions come from Philadelphia, and the jail population in Philadelphia County has grown exponentially over the past decades.This dramatic increase locally can be traced to failed policies such as stop-and-frisk, over-sentencing, and out-dated bail guidelines. Decarcerate PA surveyed the mayoral candidates to see how they plan to confront these challenges.

We have created a series of report cards for each candidate who responded to the survey. You can also read the entire survey responses from each candidate who responded by following the links at the bottom of this page.

Mayoral candidates on mass incarceration



Decarcerate PA does not endorse specific candidates, but we are providing this information so voters who care about prisoin issues can know where the candidates stand. We hope that whoever is elected will take serious steps to decarcerate Philadelphia, and we plan to keep the pressure on to ensure that this happens.

Full survey results:

Lynne Abraham

James F. Kenney

Nelson Diaz

Anthony Hardy Williams