Decarcerate PA is a an organization working to end to mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in PA has increased by over 43,000 due to decades of so-called "tough-on-crime" legislation, which disproportionately affects people of color and poor and working class communities.
Pennsylvania prisons hold over 5000 people serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. In PA, a life sentence means your natural life–it is a sentence that condemns you to die in prison – which is why many choose to call it Death By Incarceration.
Check out the latest issue of Decarcerate PA's newsletter! This season we're featuring articles about the #BlackLivesMatter movement, information about our upcoming 24-hour "speak in" to protest the Silencing Act, updates from the Coalition to Abolish Life Without Parole, an essay by David Lee, a spotlight on the Amistad Law Project, and a reportback on our 12 Days for Justice campaign.
This past holiday season marked the six-month anniversary of the historic Coal Township Dining Hall Boycott, when 1,300 prisoners at SCI Coal Township refused to go to the dining hall for a week to protest food cutbacks and denials of their basic human rights.
Amistad Law Project (ALP) is a West Philadelphia-based public interest law center founded in October 2014. The two attorneys who currently make up ALP are also committed activists and organizers. We are prison abolitionists who view the prison industrial complex as directly related to the massive divestment from our communities of the things that make them safe and strong.
On May 4th, Decarcerate PA and our allies will travel to the Capitol in Harrisburg for a 24-hour protest against the Revictimization Relief Act, a law designed to silence incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.