Monday, the House could vote to ban some drug felons from public benefits for life. You should care. Here’s why. (Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) If you’ve never been to prison, it can be easy to dismiss the plight of those who have.
Nearly 20 years ago, drug addiction derailed the life of an experienced licensed practical nurse, now 60 and living drug-free in Philadelphia’s Mayfair section. “I thank the police department for likely saving my life the night they arrested me,” she wrote in legal papers. “During my time in prison, I decided I was done with drugs.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has reached a settlement with the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania requiring sweeping reforms in the care of inmates with serious mental illness in the state’s prison system. Inmates with serious mental illness or intellectual disabilities no longer will be subject to solitary confinement, according to the terms of the settlement, reached late Monday.
Leroy “Beyah” Edney was 11 the first time he got locked up. Edney was at a Philadelphia rec center when an argument with another kid turned violent. It didn’t turn out so well for the other kid. Edney spent six months at a juvenile detention center as a result.
The first video in this series, EVOLUTIONS explains the facts and figures and the history of the prison industrial complex, and why Decarcerate PA wants the system to change. // A collaborative production by Art Factory, PhillyCAM, Decarcerate PA.
This summer, Art Factory collaborated with Decarcerate PA and PhillyCAM for six weeks to make three short stop-motion videos to help people realize the grand actuality of the Prison Industrial Complex. PhillyCAM was gracious enough to let us use their equipment and their space while we planned, filmed, recorded and edited our 3 videos. Decarcerate PA helped us clear up the clouds by telling us more about what they do as well as the political and community results and consequences of mass incarceration. We hope that these pieces will shed light on the current situation, and inspire people to join the movement to stop the prison industry and reinvest in the community.
The second video in this series, WHAT WE WANT outlines the three point platform of Decarcerate PA: No more prisons, Decarcerate (to decrease the prison population of non-violent offenders), and Reinvest in our schools and communities. // A collaborative production by Art Factory, PhillyCAM, Decarcerate PA.