De-privatize Pennsylvania Prisons Now!

De-privatize Pennsylvania Prisons Now!

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FRANCOIS BESSING started this petition to Governor Tom Wolf and

After watching Ava Duvernay's "When They See Us", Oprah's "When They See Us Now" and going through my own experience with the legal system, I am fully convinced in my mind that private prisons in the USA and in Pennsylvania are broken and crooked beyond a reasonable doubt.

It makes no sense that America has the largest prison population in the world or that the majority of persons in jail  are sitting in jail for minor offenses taking up tax dollars which go towards paying a PRIVATE, FOR PROFIT prison whose goal is to maintain and grow their own profit to benefit their shareholders.

Why would a FOR PROFIT jail system go against its own interests by letting innocent people go free? That's why, because the private jail system won't be able to find it in itself to reform and operate out of actual justice and care for human dignity, because they can't find it in themselves to treat prison as a rehabilitative experience especially for minor offenses, because jail time causes the convicted to not be able to get great paying jobs after incarceration, and puts a person's ability to get a home in jeopardy I am proposing that the State of Pennsylvania REVIEW, REORGANIZE, DISMANTLE, and REBUILD our State prison system so that private companies are no longer able or legally eligible to hold any charged and/or convicted persons.

If the government is the one creating permanent records affecting people's lives in perpetuity, then it should also take responsibility in the care of the incarcerated. I don't have every detail figured out but I know that something is definitely wrong with our system and it's not going to get fixed by simply screaming at each other on social media.

The time for a serious and decisive change has come and I hope every American will rise up out of their slumber and help the next 25-50 years of America's future be one worthy of the dignity, humanity, and justice that we proclaim to have by the symbol and icon of Lady Liberty.

May we truly, one day, grow to be a country of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. 

 

 

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