Ashley and Nikki from the DPA Policy Committee come on the show to talk about the lies and the misinformation put out by the Department of Corrections about the construction of the two new prisons Phoenix I and II. A Right to Know Request filed by the DPA Policy Committee uncovered the "internal study" which the DOC claimed justified the construction of Phoenix I and II, and found it to to be grossly innadequate and deceptive.
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The state Department of Corrections is constructing a $400 million, two-prison complex to replace the aging State Correctional Institution at Graterford, but newly released cost analyses fail to show the projected savings that Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration has claimed.
In this show we talk about the US Prison Industrial Complex as a model of exportation to Latin American countries. We talked about the Plan Colombia an how the Colombian security forces received aid and training from the U.S. in the School of the Americas.
Past November 6th member of Decarcerate PA traveled to Mechanicsburg to deliver a giant electrical plug to DOC Secretary John Wetzel, and demand that he “pull the plug” on prison expansion in Pennsylvania. This creative direct action is taking place in conjunction with a statewide call in day to demand the cancelation of the $400 million prisons currently being built in Montgomery County. In June, Secretary Wetzel told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his “first instinct was to pull the plug” on the prison construction (“Work Underway to Build Graterford Prison Replacement,” 6/2/2013). Then Wetzel changed his mind and is building prisons anyway.
For Thanksgiving weekend we chose to air a special show on Leonard Peltier produced by the Prison Voices Project on WGXC in Hudson NY. Leonard Peltier is a Native American political prisoner who has spent the last 38 years in federal prison. For more information about Leonard Peltier and his case click here.
For more about the Prison Voices Project or to listen to other shows in their archives click here.
A conversation with Ana Martina exploring the connections between immigration detention/deportation and mass incarceration, and explaining the existence of the Decarcerate MELT committee and its purpose to unify the deeply connected movements to resist both.
Pennsylvania is currently spending over $400 million to build two new prisons in Montgomery County on the grounds of SCI Graterford. The two prisons, named SCI Phoenix I and II, are the second most expensive construction project ever undertaken in the state's history. The prisons are being built at a time when the Department of Corrections’ own projections predict a decreasing prison population. For more on why prison expansion is bad for Pennsy
Many Pennsylvanians are asking why - in the wake of painful cuts to essential services - the Corbett Administration has stubbornly moved forward with spending $400 million to build two new prisons in Montgomery County.
Schools have been shuttered and scores of teachers laid off, but work on State Correctional Institutions Phoenix I and II has continued unabated.
We believe the decision to move forward with this construction was based on misinformation and lies told to the legislature by the Department of Corrections.
This time around we revisit once again the shameful PA decision on Juvenile Life Parole, rendering a Supreme Court decision declaring mandatory life sentences for juveniles as unconstitutional, essentially menaingless. Emily Abendroth reads a statement by Robert Saleem Holbrook ont he decision and we hear Michelle Alexander's September talk at Upenn.