My name is James Hough and I’ve been imprisoned for almost two decades for a crime I committed as a juvenile. While I’ve been here I’ve watched the prison population grow larger, younger, and browner (as if wasn’t brown enuff!). I’ve witnessed the prison rip families and communities apart by transferring prisoners hundreds of miles away from loved ones. I’ve seen the economic burden that prisoners’ families and friends must endure – the “prison tax” – for cheap and unreliable services, such as the expensive, long-distance phone calls and high travel/visitation rates.
Pics of opponents of Governor Corbett's mass incarceration blocking construction traffic at SCI Graterford. Opponents of the prison have erected a school house on the grounds and have set up desks with the intention of transforming this institution of repression into a facility for solidarity, growth and learning.
Join Decarcerate PA to put Governor Corbett & Department of Corrections Secretary Wetzel on trial for crimes against Pennsylvanians.
15th & JFK Blvd (the Municipal Services Building plaza)
We charge Governor Corbett with the misuse of funds for taking money from our schools and putting it into the prison system. We charge Governor Corbett with continuing policies that lock up our families, friends and
This statement is a collaboration between a member of Decarcerate PA and a member of the Philly Survivor Support Collective. It is an effort to broaden the conversation about capital punishment, state violence, and sexual assault.
No Justice Here
By Sarah Small and Hunter McCorkel
On October 3rd 2012, death row prisoner Terrance Williams narrowly avoided execution.
If he had been executed, his would have been the first execution in Pennsylvania since 1999. However, his life still hangs in the balance. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is appealing the stay of execution, and if he has his way, Terrance Williams will be killed before the year is over.