The week before Mother’s Day, Philadelphia is joining organizations around the country as part of the National Mama’s Bail Out Day to give incarcerated mothers an opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their families and build community through gatherings that highlight the impact of inhumane and destructive bail practices on Black communities and support the base-building of local organizations working with communities on the frontlines of mass incarceration.
There are over 5000 people serving Life Without Parole sentences in Pennsylvania. In PA, ‘life’ means your entire life, which is why many instead call it Death By Incarceration (DBI). This harsh sentencing does not improve public safety and disproportionately impacts poor people and people of color.
Rally at the DA's office, Three South Penn Square (just southeast of City Hall)
Tuesday, August 9th, 12pm
Seth Williams told the New York Times he will not seek Life Without Parole for people being re-sentenced under the Miller/Montgomery decisions, which made mandatory Juvenile Life Without Parole sentences unconstitutional. But he is pushing plea deals from 35-life, meaning people sentenced as children will leave prison as elders or not at all. Other counties in PA have already brought home their loved ones home, and Philadelphia must do the same.