This fall, the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) is hitting the road to generate discussion and build the movement to end Death By Incarceration in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania prisons hold over 5000 people serving life without parole. It is a sentence that condemns the recipient to die in prison–which is why we instead call it Death By Incarceration (DBI).
We believe that sentencing people to Death By Incarceration is a human rights violation and an affront to our collective humanity. It is also a sentence that disproportionately targets people of color, and costs the state millions of dollars that should be invested in building our communities up rather than tearing them apart. That’s why we’re working hard to pass a bill (HB135) that would create parole eligibility for those serving DBI.
But we need your help!
In order to pass this bill, we need to connect with thousands of people across the state and invite them to join us in pressuring policymakers. As part of this effort, we are hosting community forums in cities and towns across the state. These forums are open to all, and will be a chance to hear more from those who are most impacted by DBI and are leading the movement to change it, as well as a place to engage in critical dialogue about this issue.