Get SMART on Crime!
  • Petitioned Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

This petition was delivered to:

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett
Pennsylvania General Assembly

Get SMART on Crime!

    1. Pennsylvania Prison Society
    2. Petition by

      Pennsylvania Prison Society

      Philadelphia, Afghanistan

• Whereas, a critical goal for Pennsylvania is to ensure the safety of its residents.

• Whereas, in light of the budget crisis, we can no longer afford to spend nearly $2 billion on Pennsylvania state corrections when tested alternatives exist.

• Whereas, evidence and research show that programs and treatment are more effective than prison in reducing recidivism in most cases.

• Whereas, Texas, Michigan, New York and other states have reinvested their prison dollars into alternative programming and treatment resulting in reduced crime at less cost.

• Therefore be it resolved that I/we want to be Smart on Crime in calling for effective alternatives to prison to maximize limited dollars while maintaining public safety.

Build strong communities, not prisons. Join the Pennsylvania Prison Society in its efforts to promote a SMART on CRIME approach to criminal justice issues.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kenneth Rosa EASTON, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I watched the PCN program reagrding children of incarcerated children.

    • lisa haugh HANOVER, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      im signing this petition because my boyfriend is in jail for repeated dui's. while incarcerated he has never received the true help he has needed all along. he goes to the warehouse and is thrown back out into society without being rehabilitated. a personalized rehab plan involving family would be a better thing. there are many other ways to deal with the problem besides warehousing.

    • carolyn thorpe PHILA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I work at the public defenders office and as a social worker I advocate for treatment programs.

    • Deborah Willett COATESVILLE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I work with families who have youth involved in the juvenile justice system. I believe the adult system would benefit from being more theraputic with inmates, and society would benefit in the end also.

    • Lakeesha Bair-Myers LANCASTER, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      The current mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses are unrealistic and are sending more mothers to prison. This is disrupting families. Most of these women need receive gender specific services and should be treated for drug dependance issues.


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