prison-reform

COMMENTARY

Three years in solitary confinement: An open letter from the Allegheny Co. Jail | Opinion

BY: - November 19, 2021

Those who endure solitary confinement have long been buried, nameless and voiceless, in the dark heart of the Allegheny County Jail

COMMENTARY

Bills that fill jails are Harrisburg’s version of bipartisanship. We can do without it | Opinion

BY: - November 16, 2021

Our constituents sent us to Harrisburg to be part of the work of fixing a broken system, not upholding and expanding its cruelties.

Bipartisan bill aims to allow Pa. lifers a chance at parole

BY: - November 15, 2021

'We are stronger communities with our elders and grandparents home,' an advocate argued.

Philly City Council urges Congress to end forced labor in prisons

BY: - September 25, 2021

'We can’t decarcerate our country unless we eliminate the financial incentive to keep Black and brown, working class and poor people in prison,' Councilmember Kendra Brooks said.

COMMENTARY

Pa. has made strides, but Wolf’s successor must continue criminal justice reform | Capital-Star Letters

BY: - August 20, 2021

We are organizations involved in reducing the harm and footprint of incarceration and criminalization in Pennsylvania. The next governor of Pennsylvania will oversee an office that has broad powers over the Commonwealth’s criminal legal system. He or she will have substantial influence over Pennsylvania’s budget and legislation, including a veto power, and could grant clemency […]

Redistricting reform advocates want to end prison-based gerrymandering. Experts say it’s possible

BY: - August 8, 2021

Prison-based gerrymandering can inflate population data with individuals who don’t necessarily live in a voting district full-time.

Hunger strike ends at Pa. prison; organizers proclaim it a success

BY: - July 6, 2021

The hunger strike by more than 20 incarcerated men at State Correctional Institution-Phoenix in Montgomery County over prolonged solitary confinement is now over.

COMMENTARY

Report: Pa. Legislature a ‘bipartisan criminal offense factory’ that drives up costs, doesn’t fix crime | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 9, 2021

"Ending Pennsylvania’s public policy of mass incarceration begins with the Legislature," the report by the ACLU-PA concludes.

‘These folks are not Hannibal Lecter’: Push to reform Pa. second-degree murder statute continues

BY: - June 1, 2021

“We finally have to invest in our communities to do everything possible to interrupt a vicious cycle,” House Minority Leader JoannaMcClinton said.

COMMENTARY

Report: Pa. has 2nd highest number of people in U.S. serving life without parole | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 4, 2021

Black Pennsylvanians are 21 times more likely to be sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder than white people, research found.

COMMENTARY

Inmate Mental Health: The other public  health crisis in Pa.’s prisons and jails | Opinion

BY: - March 17, 2021

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania prisons and jails and alleviating mental health crises are not mutually exclusive projects.

Pgh advocates gather 65K signatures for no-knock warrant ban and solitary confinement limit ballot initiatives

BY: - February 21, 2021

Pittsburgh City Council has also shown support for a no-knock warrant ban, and has introduced legislation to ban Pittsburgh Police officers from doing that practice.