The Struggle to End Death by Incarceration in PA
Over 5,300 Pennsylvanians are sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, otherwise known as death-by-incarceration (DBI). DBI sentences deny the basic humanity of those serving this sentence, permanently exclude people from their families and communities, exacerbate the trauma and effects of violence, and impact communities of color even more disproportionately than other aspects of the criminal legal system. This panel will consist of three formerly incarcerated people who were released in the last year. They have collectively served 106 years in prison. We will focus on the need to end DBI sentences, the panelists experiences serving DBI sentences and transitioning back to life outside of prison, as well as experiences with the criminal legal system.
Facilitators: Yusef Jones and Tiffany Sizemore Thompson Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI-West)