Voices from the Inside

This page is for the words we recieve from our allies and comrades inside Pennsylvania's prisons. Many of these statements were given to us to be read at protests and rallys, including the February 20th Occupy for Prisoners rally and the November 19th Tribunal to put the PA Prison System on trial.

If you or someone you love is currently incarcerated and wants to submit something for our Voices from the Inside section, write to us at:

Decarcerate PA
PO Box 40764
Philadelphia, PA 19107

By David Lee #AS3041

It has been... READ MORE

By David Lee #AS3041 and Nyako Pippen #HQ6180, both are members of One Hood United and the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration

June 6th 2015 marked the... READ MORE

Pennsylvania Politicians have a gridlock on the climate within Pennsylvania, mainly “Philly” in particular, the poor communities which are made up of Blacks and Latinos. The politics... READ MORE

Dear Sir/Madam:

    I am new to your newsletter Fact Sheet (“Decarcerate PA”). I would like to start receiving your newsletter. How much will a subscription cost me? Also, I would... READ MORE

Bert Hudson, #AP-1969

175 Progress Drive

Waynesburg, PA... READ MORE

The so-called justice system in america -- in particular the 49 contiguous states, preys on the poor, as well as ignorance and immaturity, (immature minds of the youth), and exclusively survives... READ MORE

By Asar Imhotep Amen
(Aka T.T. Thomas)
Life without the possibility of parole (LWOPP), both as a general practice and through the specific methods of implementation and... READ MORE

By Curtis “Tawfeeq” Braxton

The word “penitentiary” has its origin in the word “penitent,” which is synonymous with “repentance” which adds the implication of a resolve to change, the... READ MORE

I hope and pray this message finds y’all in great health! This message is targeted toward the black youth of this day, which I am a part of, too. Long before the white man came to this country,... READ MORE

There was a motion in our Triumph organization here at the institution to donate $500 to your organization. It was denied by the administration, stating that you were not on our approved vendor... READ MORE

Police brutalityBy Ernest R. Morris

Dear Community:... READ MORE

"The Negro does not want love. He wants justice."

- E. Franklin Frazier, 1894 - 1662 


By Terrell, SCI Graterford

What is your name? How long have you been incarcerated?

My name is Terrell and I’ve been incarcerated... READ MORE

by Usamah aka Dante Burton


We have become blinded by the fact that we have gained rights, and the fact that we were treated better. However, black lives have never really... READ MORE

By Richie Marra, SCI Chester

The “tough-on-crime” mantra... READ MORE

By David Lee, SCI Coal Township

What follows is an excerpt from a longer article written by David... READ MORE

By Kevin White

These words are just a few of the many statements and phrases that are said to an attorney, a prosecutor or judge after a criminal defendant is found guilty of a crime in... READ MORE

by Incarcerated Citizens Coalition (ICC)

On June 16 to June 23, men at SCI Coal Township initiated a 1-week, peaceful boycott of the Inmate Dining Hall in response to the implementation of... READ MORE

By Sergio Hyland, SCI Green

I saw something interesting last night. It was after midnight, and I was outside shoveling snow. In prison, any job you can get that allows... READ MORE


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