No More Prisons: A Call to Decarcerate Pennsylvania
  • Petitioning Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania General Assembly

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No More Prisons: A Call to Decarcerate Pennsylvania

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      Decarcerate PA

No More Prisons: A Call to Decarcerate Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett is seeking to expand nine existing prisons and build three brand new ones. This plan will add 8,000 new beds to our state’s already massive prison system, at a cost of more than $685 million. Yet in 2011 the governor cut nearly $1 billion from education and made massive cuts to a host of other essential programs and services.

Decarcerate PA is a grassroots campaign made up of organizations and individuals throughout Pennsylvania working to maximize public health and safety by putting a halt to the state’s broken and bloated prison system. We seek an end to prison construction and an expansion to initiatives that would reduce our reliance on prisons to begin with. Decarcerate PA has come together around three core initiatives to boost Pennsylvania’s economic, environmental, and ethical health. With your help, we can put an end to mass incarceration.

Decarcerate PA platform:
1. No new prisons. Enough is enough! More prisons means more problems. We advocate that Pennsylvania enact an immediate and lasting moratorium on all new prisons, county or city jails, prison expansions, new beds in county jails, immigrant detention facilities, and private prisons.
2. Decarceration. Prison overcrowding can be solved only by reducing the number of people in prison. We advocate that Pennsylvania shrink its prison population by reforming existing arrest, sentencing, and parole practices. We also call for the full restoration of civil and human rights for formerly incarcerated people.
3. Community Reinvestment. Imprisonment guts local resources and destroys families. We need to build communities, not prisons. We advocate that Pennsylvania reinvest money spent on prisons into community institutions including quality public schools, stable housing, jobs and job training programs, health care and food access, drug and alcohol treatment programs, and community-based reentry services.

We the undersigned support this platform and demand that Pennsylvania stop building prisons and instead actively engage in decarceration and community reinvestment:

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    Reasons for signing

    • David Butler PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 14 days ago

      Decarcerate Pennsylvania now!

    • darius clardy READING, PA
      • 19 days ago

      My daughter is incarcerated doing life without parole and I want to help

    • Crystal Kowalski WYOMISSING, PA
      • 21 days ago

      When we build prisons we need to fill them. Here in Berks County in June we filled one bed with a widowed mother who was unable to pay her truancy fines and court fees. She died 24 hours into her 48-hour sentence. The warehousing of people should not be one of our state's industries.

    • Darlene Kane PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 22 days ago

      We have enough Prisons, You need to stop Locking up our People and help them back into population with smart efforts to help them. We need funds for schools help our children. We have plenty of room, We don't need anymore prisons You are taering family's apart and creating havock and depression for our family's. they will never forgive you if you dont start helping the prisoners get their lives back. All you care about is money ($=# heads in prison)not the people !!!!!!!

    • Alma Sanchez-Eppler MIDDLETOWN, CT
      • 25 days ago

      the racist system must be dismantled. My liberation is tied to the liberation of all people who's humanity has been ripped from them.


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