As Gov. Tom Corbett made a spectacle last week of his own priorities for next year's budget, he seemed increasingly desperate to make good on unfulfilled promises.
The same could be said of his efforts at prison reform. For the fourth year in a row, Corbett pushed through a budget that significantly increases funding for Pennsylvania's prison system, sending an additional $78 million to the Department of Corrections.
This week we had a prerecorded interview with some of the Hearts on a Wire Collective talking about their campaigns, report on trans and gender variant people in Pennsylvania prisons, and the newsletter they send inside prisons. The Voices from the Inside segment featured poetry from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project Prisoner Advisory Committee Blog.
Update: this Bill was approved unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee and will go before the General Assembly in the fall. Please call your representatives and tell them to oppose this bill, and check back soon for more information about what Decarcerate is doing to make sure this and other anti-prisoner legislation does not move forward.
On June 16, 2014 prisoners at State Correctional Institution (SCI) Coal Township in central Pennsylvania are embarking on a peaceful protest of the dining hall by refusing to go to eat due to the administration’s cutback to their food portions and rations.
Prisoners are once again taking the lead in the struggle for human rights. Support them today by calling the officials below and advocating for their demands.
This week Theresa Sullivan and Hannah Zellman (pictured above) rep their innovative prison entry organization work the Institute for Community Justice. They talk struggles of coming out of prison with HIV, mentoring prisoners to become community organizers and activists, Prison Health news. fighting to ban the box, and much more...
Decarcerate PA has been gathering information on where Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates stand on issues related to mass incarceration. Our purpose is not to endorse a specific candidate, but to provide informations to voters and to push all the candidates to take a stand against the policies and practices that drive mass imprisonment in this state. There is a large and growing movement in PA to stop prison expansion and repeal the so-called "tough on crime" policies that have led to a prison population that tops 51,000 and a corrections budget of more than $2 billion.
This week we had Brendan (from Youth of Philadelphia Organizing for Power) and Marianna from Boat People SOS talking about their efforts organizing in Vietnamese community, their work with PCAPS, chasing Corbett out of Philly, personal family experiences of seeing the effects of immigration policies, Philadelphia's recent victory against ICE holds, why juvi sucks and a Voices from the Inside segment from DPA/HRC insider Shakaboona.