Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Bill–Urge Senator Toomey to Cosponsor

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Because of your support and outreach to lawmakers, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday (2/15) advanced legislation to reduce some federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses and to reform federal prisons on a bipartisan … Continued

Send Some Love to Elected Officials and Say…Time to Abolish the Death Penalty

From Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (http://www.pa-abolitionists.org/): February 13th marks the two-year anniversary of Governor Wolf’s declaration of a moratorium on executions. Send some love via postcard to tell your elected officials that now is the time to … Continued

Reduction of Women’s Prison Population Slower the Men’s

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-01-11/budget-policy-and-priorities/reduction-of-womens-prison-population-slower-the-mens/a60987-1 January 11, 2018 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window After 1978, the number of women in prison nationwide increased at twice the rate of men. (bbran19/Pixabay) HARRISBURG, Pa. – Prison populations … Continued

#GOPTaxScam Equals a Big Win for Investors in Mass Incarceration

Posted at https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/12/28/goptaxscam-equals-big-win-investors-mass-incarceration Because private prisons are classified as “real estate investment trusts,” investors will get a major tax cut thanks to the Republican tax law Published on Thursday, December 28, 2017 by Common Dreams By Julia Conley, staff writer … Continued

FAMM Launches Campaign for Compassionate Release (for sick/elderly incarcerated)

From Families Against Mandatory Minimums (http://famm.org/): You may know that FAMM has for years been sharply critical of how poorly compassionate release works. Compassionate release — sometimes known as geriatric or medical parole — is supposed to allow very sick … Continued

Photo Requests from Solitary Seeks Artists/Photographers to Participate in Fulfilling Art Requests from Persons in Solitary Confinement

Photo Requests from Solitary (PRFS) is an activist art project that offers support to people living in long-term solitary confinement, while affirming their humanity and creativity. The project is an artistic collaboration transcending prison walls and a tool for educating … Continued

Persistent Racial Disparity in Federal Sentencing

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): Federal courts imposed prison sentences on black men that were 19% longer than those imposed on similarly situated white men between 2011 and 2016, reports the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC). In addition, federal prison … Continued

A Light at the End of the Tunnel for Juvenile Lifers in Pennsylvania

Posted at https://medium.com/@glennEmartin/a-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-for-juvenile-lifers-in-pennsylvania-33975c63a6d7 By Glenn E. Martin, JustLeadershipUSA On Labor Day 2017, Giovanni Jerry Reid of Philadelphia was released from Graterford Prison in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He had served 26 years of a life sentence without possibility of parole, imposed … Continued

New Report Shows Why Federal Drug Mandatory Minimums Should Be Eliminated

From the Sentencing Project (http://www.sentencingproject.org): A new report issued this week by the U.S. Sentencing Commission confirmed why our federal drug mandatory minimum sentencing laws should be eliminated. The results will not surprise many of you, but we wanted to … Continued