Open letter to Daylin Leach

Paul J. Rogers, #BS-6500
PO Box 999, 1120 Pike St.
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Sen. Daylin Leach
Senate Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017

October 26, 2016

Dear Sen. Leach,

May this letter discover you in good health and strong spirit. I’m writing you in regards to a package of anti-prisoner bills designed to leverage additional financial penalties against incarcerated people and people facing criminal charges. Specifically bills HB1089, HB758 and HB123, if they are pass, they’ll negatively effect people incarcerated and our families and supporters. As a person who’s incarcerated, I can honestly say its very difficult to take care of our basic needs and I owe nothing towards court fees and cost. The 19 cents a hour wage I make barely cover my basic needs and contribute nothing towards phone calls, legal photo copies, writing paper and typewriter ribbons.

I’m totally depended on my family and without their support there is a harsh financial burden. For the times my family can’t send me money, I find myself being hungry because the food serve at chow is inadequate. I don’t know whats the official policy of the Dept. Food Service are, but the quality and quantity of food is deplorable. If all I had to support myself was my prison job  wage, it would be a huge burden to provide my needs. This is all without the anti-prisoner bills that would deduct 25% from my prison wage and 50% of all the money sent to me from my family. I don’t see how these bills will benefit the state in the long run. I personally never ask them for money, but its understood I can’t call home without their support. Additionally, communicating with family and love ones boost prisoners morality and keep them in touch with their humanity.

Prisoners who doesn’t communicate with their families and love ones, often develop a coldness and become insensitive toward others. The probability of making a positive return to society and maintaining a positive adjustment, are greater when prisoners are communicating with family and love ones. Finally, if we burden parolees with additional financial burden, it’ll only encourage parolees to seek illegal means to survive. If mass incarceration trouble federal and state budgets, why would we prevent people from bailing out love ones. Bill HB123 will surely discourage people from paying love ones bail, which will increase the prison population. The country seem to recognize our criminal justice system is broken from tough on crime policies. Its time to be smart on crime and help prisoners turn their lives around. I personally believe these bills fall short of that objective and respectfully ask you to say no to these bills. Thank you for your time.

Truly Yours

Paul J. Rogers