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.
Everyone deserves the best possible chance to survive in a pandemic – and that includes access to healthcare and the ability to safely socially distance at home. In prisons, COVID-19 makes every sentence a potential death sentence.
In this time of Black insurrectionary uprising, we call for the freedom of our Black loved ones, neighbors, and friends who are still trapped behind bars. They are held with no court dates in sight, in horrific conditions, locked down over 23 hours a day, unable to protect themselves from COVID-19 or to be home with their families during this crisis.
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.