On Thursday, October 27th, DecarceratePA joined with many other groups and individuals to testify in front of city coucil against the curfew on youth. Below is the statement that we read.
This statement was written on behalf of DecarceratePA, a group working to end prison expansion in Pennsylvania. Right now, the state of Pennsylvania is spending $685 million dollars to build three new state prisons and expand nine others. This comes at a time when the state has cut nearly one billion dollars from public education. While we are sure that many of you here on City Council also take issue with the decisions of Governor Corbett, we believe that the curfew on youth and other similar initiatives, such as stop and frisk, validates Corbett’s backwards priorities. Studies have shown that curfews do nothing to reduce crime rates. Making Philadelphia’s curfew laws even more punitive only serves to criminalize young people and their families. It contributes to a cycle of mass incarceration that is devastating both for Philadelphia’s communities and for the economy of our state.
March from Occupy Philly to company managing prison expansion
Philadelphia: As Occupy Philly approaches its first week at City Hall, part of a national wave of protests against corporate greed, local groups turn the focus toward companies profiting from prison expansion. On Wednesday, October 12, at 3 p.m. Decarcerate PA will lead a march from the Occupy Philly encampment at City Hall to the Philadelphia offices of Hill International to protest the company’s role in new prison construction in Pennsylvania.
Hill has been chosen to manage the construction of two new prisons on the grounds of SCI Graterford in Montgomery County. The Graterford expansion will double the current size of the prison at a projected cost of $400 million. In addition to adding more beds, the proposed new prison will include a new 100 bed death row and a unit for women prisoners. The two new Graterford prisons are part of a $685 million plan to expand prisons across the state.
On Wednesday, August 17 we had our first rally to call attention to the state's focus on incarceration, while cutting resources from schools and important services we need in our communities. Check out the press and keep your eyes peeled for future activity!!
While budgets for education and human resources are being slashed left and right, Pennsylvania is spending $685 million in new funds for prison expansion.
These cuts will continue to devastate already struggling communities throughout Philadelphia. Public money is better spent on education, job training and placement, treatment programs, and non-punitive programs that address the root causes of violence in our communities.
The multinational corporation Hill International has been chosen to manage the construction of a new Graterford prison in Montgomery County.
The expansion will double the current size of Graterford prison at a projected cost of $400 million.
Join us to demand that Hill build communities, not prisons. Join us to demand that Corbett fund education, not incarceration.