prison reform

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Petition to NEW YORK TIMES, CNN, Associated Press, CBS, NBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, ABC, MSNBC, Washington Post, LA Times

Stop Calling Immigrant Prisons "Detention Centers"

My name is Sylvester Owino, and I was in “immigrant detention” for 9 years. My name is Carlos Hidalgo, and for a year and half I was incarcerated in “immigrant detention centers.” That is what the media, government, and for-profit prison companies who run these facilities call them, but in reality, these are immigrant prisons. People in immigrant prisons are not serving a sentence, but simply awaiting the outcome of our request to stay in the US. Those of us who have lived behind the locked gates and barbed wire know that the term “detention center” does not accurately describe the conditions and truth of what happens on the inside. We, who have survived these brutal places, are requesting that media organizations - The Associated Press, The New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and other influential media outlets, call these facilities what they are: immigrant prisons. Until we are honest about the fact that these are prisons, the inhumane conditions inside will continue to be covered up by the term “detention center,” and the corporations running the facilities will continue to make millions off of the suffering of the people inside.  If these are harmless “detention centers” … Why do they look like prisons, why are they run like prisons, and why are they owned by prison companies? We were incarcerated in facilities run by the two largest for-profit prison companies in the country. Carlos was in GEO Group’s Adelanto immigrant prison, and Sylvester in CCA’s Otay immigrant prison in San Diego, among other facilities. We both experienced countless human rights abuses. We worked for the for-profit prisons for $1 a day, cleaning and cooking. Carlos was put in solitary confinement for 6 days for organizing a hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment. Sylvester filed complaints on behalf of friends who were beaten by guards.   In Adelanto immigrant prison, 3 people have died in the last 7 months, and 6 people have attempted suicide since December 2016.  Dozens of us have gone on hunger strikes to try and change things. In order to end the abuse, we must first call them prisons and then close them. Starting with Adelanto. Sylvester & Carlos Supported by: o Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, IEIYC o Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ICIJ o Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement, CIVIC

Sylvester Owino, Carlos Hidalgo, and #SchoolsNotPrisons
8 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Pennsylvania State House, Jason Dawkins


PLEASE SUPPORT HB135- Introduced by Pennsylvania House of Representative, Jason Dawkins. Below, State Rep. Dawkins explains what passing HB135 would do for the rehabilitated inmate serving life, as well as our community as taxpayers..... HARRISBURG, PA. June 7 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., introduced legislation that would abolish sentences of life without parole in Pennsylvania and extend parole eligibility to those already sentenced to life imprisonment. Specifically, Dawkins’s bill would permit a person sentenced to life imprisonment to be released on parole after spending at least 15 years in prison. It also would extend parole eligibility retroactively to those sentenced before the legislation's effective date. Dawkins said that all life sentences in Pennsylvania are imposed without the possibility of parole, which means that people sentenced to life imprisonment may not be considered for parole, no matter how much they have reformed themselves and no matter how unlikely they are to re-offend. "Those sentenced to life in Pennsylvania have no chance of release, even if their age or health make it extremely unlikely that they will ever re-offend," Dawkins said. "Not only is this an injustice to those who are incarcerated and have demonstrated their commitment to rehabilitation, it also is fiscally irresponsible to require taxpayers to foot the bill for sentences that are longer than necessary. "Dawkins added that his bill would not grant a right to parole and the Board of Probation and Parole would continue to thoroughly examine parole requests. "The Board of Probation and Parole will continue to carefully consider requests for parole. This bill simply allows our correctional system to be smart on crime and promote rehabilitation." ***Please share with your friends and family! We need all the support, help, and love we can get! This Bill ( HB135), if passed, Will bring GEORGE TRUDEL, INMATE # AS-2262, currently serving his 29th year of a Life without Parole sentence at SCI GRATERFORD, home to his family. And will help other incarcerated inmates serving a life sentence, who have proven they are completely rehabilitated and deserve to re-enter society, come home to their families. Thank you very much!*** ****PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW AND SIGN GEORGE TRUDEL'S ORIGINAL PETITION FOR CLEMENCY, SENATOR DAYLIN LEACH'S SENATE BILL SB 293, AND THE LIFERS INC. PETITION CONCERNING COMMUTATION, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO....THANK YOU!!****

Elizabeth Geyer
381 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania State Senate, Pennsylvania State House, Pat Toomey, Robert Casey

Support Legislation Of The Aging Out Resolution Proposed By The Gray Panthers Organization

GRATERFORD GRAY PANTHERS ORGANIZATION- SERVICE OVER SELF WE ARE PROPOSING LEGISLATION FOR LAWMAKERS WHO WANT TO ASSIST IN THE RELEASE OF AGED INMATES IN PRISON Please Help Us By Supporting, Signing, and Sharing this Petition to Your Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Co-Workers   Utilize the " Resistbot Text App" by texting the word " Resist" to 50409 on your cell phone. Text your message to the Governor, Senators, Congress, and the House of Representatives. Let them know you support the proposed Aging Out Resolution Program of The Graterford Gray Panthers Organization.    Release deserving inmates that are 50 years or older and have served 25 years or more in prison. Let these deserving inmates be considered for placement in an Ankle Bracelet monitoring pilot program. Bring them home to their families and be supervised, instead of languishing in prison for decades. History Of The Gray Panthers Organization:  In late August of 1970, a concerned senior citizen by the name of Maggie Kuhn convened a meeting in Philadelphia with a group of five friends to discuss issues relative to older people. From this group came the foundation of today's Gray Panthers Organization Nationally. Maggie Kuhn stated: " Aging is the flowering of life, a triumph of the spirit, not a disease."  Ten years later Maggie Kuhn visited Graterford prison at the request of a group of older citizens incarcerated there. A Graterford Chapter of Gray Panthers was established and received their charter, from the inspiration and dedication of Maggie Kuhn. For 37 years, this has become the soul and pride of the Gray Panthers Graterford Chapter as a local grassroots approach for change. Who We Are:  The Graterford Chapter of Gray Panthers consists of a 900 member-strong roster. We have a great deal of spirit to mentoring our younger generation, who are in many ways walking the same pathway we once traveled. It is for that reason ( that vital reason) that our wisdom and compassion gets passed on. We represent 10,000 Seniors Strong Throughout The Department of Corrections. Our Mission: The Graterford Gray Panthers’ mission is to acknowledge what are the needs of incarcerated seniors and ex-offenders and to address them in the State of Pennsylvania. We provide advocacy, re-entry resources and assistance. Our goals are to create and secure an Aging Out Resolution release system for elderly prisoners, both men & women in Pennsylvania. We share a common interest in the rehabilitative endeavors our young adults face while inside of prison and when they are released back into the community. To propose legislation for lawmakers who want to assist in the release of aged prisoners. We are working to develop a continued collaboration with the elder women in Muncy & Cambridge Springs, which is implemented in our drive toward servicing our communities and all seniors.  

Elizabeth Geyer
65 supporters