Many thanks to everyone who called in on October 4th. Now is the time to keep the pressure up!
Decarcerate is calling for everyone to contact their legislators and ask them to vote against the juvenile sentencing amendment to SB 850. We are encouraging folks to flood the phone lines from now until the bill gets voted on (Oct 17th at the earliest). Call, write, email, fax, and tweet that we demand no life sentences for Pennsylvania's youth. Click here for a sample letter.
On Wednesday, September 19th 2012, Decarcerate PA, ACT UP, Fight for Philly and many others rallied outside Governor Corbett's Town Hall event to demand that he cancel the $685 million prison construction projects and instead fully fund public education and reinstate General Assistance.
On Wednesday, September 19th, Governor Corbett will be holding a “Town Hall” event at the Art Museum. Join with Decarcerate PA and Fight for Philly to demand that Governor Corbett build communities, not prisons.
We will rally on the steps of the Art Museum to make sure Corbett hears loud and clear that he needs to:
Joshua Glenn and Sarah Morris, from Decarcerate PA and the Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project, discuss opposition to HB2331 on Rustbelt Radio. House Bill 2331 would create a five year mandatory minimum sentence for people with felony convictions on their record who are caught with an unregistered gun. We believe that HB2331 and mandatory minimums in general increase the prison population, have no impact on recidivism, and do nothing to address the root cause of gun violence in
THERE IS A GROWING national consensus that mandatory-minimum sentences simply don't work. Despite this, Pennsylvania legislators are on track to pass yet another misguided bill, HB2331, which would create five-year mandatory-minimum sentences for illegal gun possession (Daily News, Aug. 17).
More mandatory-sentencing laws will not make us safer. They will, however, add thousands of people to our already out-of-control prison population at a time when Pennsylvania cannot afford to build more prisons.
“MISSING” is a visibility project, a public art project to create life size silhouettes to be placed on walls, used as signs, props, etc. to create awareness of those who have been stolen from our communities by the criminal justice system. Over 2.5 million are currently in prisons, jails and detention centers in the United States - more than any other country in the world. Each silhouette represents a missing member of our community, no matter the legal status, residency, or citizenship of the person who has been removed and sent away, leaving their families and loved ones behind.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to today's barbeque! It was a beautiful day and lots of fun. Special thanks to all the groups who co-sponsored with us- ...And Justice For All, the Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project, Reconstruction Inc., the Human Rights Coalition, and X-Offenders for Community Empowerment. And also thanks to the McCreesh Rec Center for hosting us and to DJ Ed Onaci for all the great music.
Big thanks to everyone who listened and called in to today’s Radio Times debate between Decarcerate PA’s Sarah Morris and Department of Corrections head John Wetzel. If you missed the show you can listen to the audio below.
If there is one thing we want people to take away from today’s debate: it is not too late to stop these prisons from being built. Construction is just beginning on two new prisons in Montgomery County. Governor Corbett could cancel these projects and save Pennsylvania millions of dollars. That money could be used to fund schools, to reinstate General Assistance, to provide jobs, healthcare, and reentry support.
We believe that we can stop these prisons. But we can’t do it alone. We need all of you to get involved. Call Governor Corbett and Secretary Wetzel and demand that they cancel the prison projects. Write your legislators and demand that they pass real reforms that repeal harmful sentencing laws. And get involved with Decarcerate PA!
Governor Tom Corbett and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel say they are concerned about prison growth and prison spending in Pennsylvania. But we all know that actions speak louder than words, and there are some pretty big gaps between what Corbett and Wetzel are saying and what they are doing. Today, Decarcerate PA is exposing the truth behind their claims.
Myth #1: Governor Corbett isn’t expanding the state’s prison system; he canceled a proposed prison in Fayette County.