Sample letter to Seth Williams


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District Attorney Seth Williams
3 South Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Sample Letter:

Dear District Attorney Williams,

My name is _______________ and I am a member of the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI). I am writing on behalf of the 500 men and women who were sentenced to die in prison in Pennsylvania when they were children.

In Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear that it is unconstitutional to sentence children to mandatory life without parole (also known as death by incarceration).

Despite this ruling four years ago, you have failed to act on behalf of these men and women who are being detained unlawfully. The recent Montgomery decision made clear that, all of these 500 men and women are entitled to a resentencing hearing. As a concerned community member, a taxpayer, and a registered voter, I am asking for a meaningful and swift resentencing process for these individuals.

I am asking for an end to juvenile life without parole and for transformative forms of justice that address the root causes of violence. I am asking that your office commit to not seeking to reinstate life without parole as a sentence for any of these 500 men and women.

I am asking you, Seth Williams, to take the lead in creating space for healing and rebuilding in Philadelphia and across the state of Pennsylvania.


[Your Name]

Concerned Community Member