Why is the House Judiciary Committee attacking prisoners and their families?
On June 27th, the PA House Judiciary Committee voted to advance a package of six anti-prisoner bills designed to leverage additional financial penalties against incarcerated people and people facing criminal charges.
Editor's note: shortly after this article was written, a person from the block next to Felix became the DOC's first confirmed case of COVID-19. The next day, the entire state prison system went into lockdown. Check back here for updates from Felix over the coming weeks.
Join the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration for our fourth annual day of action in Harrisburg! This year, we will be highlighting the voices of those whose families have been impacted both by violence and incarceration, with a call to lawmakers to end Death By Incarceration (also known as Life Without Parole) and instead support transformation, healing, and accountability.
As people of faith, we support legislation that would allow for parole eligibility for those serving life sentences. This is because we believe in the full humanity of those who are harmed by violence and those who perpetrate harm.
Join the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration for our third annual day of action in Harrisburg! This year, come make your voice heard during a “People’s Senate Vote” to demonstrate popular support to end Death By Incarceration – also known as Life Without Parole – across Pennsylvania. This rally will help advance two bills – Senate Bill 942 and House Bill 135 – that would make those serving life sentences in Pennsylvania eligible for parole after 15 years.