October 18th, 2016 over 200 family members, allies, and registered voters rallied on the steps of our capital in Harrisburg, PA in support of HB 2135.
HB 2135 was introduced by Rep. Dawkins (photo below) and is now a bill in the PA House that would make people serving Death By Incarceration eligible for parole after 15 years. We believe that humanity and compassion is an innate human quality and that ALL should have the opportunity to redeem themselves of past offenses – we, each and everyone of us, have done something that we regret.
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There are over 5000 people serving Life Without Parole sentences in Pennsylvania. In PA, ‘life’ means your entire life, which is why many call it Death By Incarceration (DBI). This harsh sentencing does not improve public safety and disproportionately impacts poor people and people of color. We believe that denying people the right to transformation and redemption is an affront to everyone’s humanity. Join the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) and our allies from across the state by contacting us at:
Mail: CADBI c/o Decarcerate PA, PO Box 40764, Phila. PA 19107
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