No to Silencing Prisoners' Speech

Pennsylvania is setting a dangerous precedent that we all need to speak out against and put a quick stop to.

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We stand against the passage, in Pennsylvania, of the so-called "Revictimization Relief Act," which affords virtually unlimited discretion to District Attorneys and the state Attorney General to silence prisoner speech, by claiming that such speech causes victims' families "mental anguish." Politicians are claiming a power that if granted to them will be difficult if not impossible for citizens to check.

In seeking to silence the legally protected speech of prisoners, the state also damages citizens' right and freedom to know -- in this case, to better understand an area of U.S. life physically removed from public scrutiny.

This legislation emerged following the failure of the Fraternal Order of Police and its allies to stop prisoner and radio journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal from delivering an October 5, 2014, commencement address. This bill sacrifices the rights of all prisoners in Pennsylvania in order to silence Abu-Jamal -- an unethical deployment of collective punishment by those in power.

Victim relief is not served by denying fundamental rights to those convicted, especially because prisoner freedom of speech is crucial for redressing wrongful convictions and the current crisis of harsh sentencing that is often disproportionate to alleged crimes. Our society is currently engaged in a full-scale debate on the problems of mass incarceration that could not have developed without prisoners' voices.

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14690 5 years ago Anonymous Arlington , TX , US
14689 6.4 years ago alison rose Dixon, MT , US
14688 6.9 years ago jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL , US
14687 7 years ago Donald Kokkonen Cambridge, WI , US
14686 7.1 years ago Jeanne Mackay Marysville, MI , US
14685 7.1 years ago philippe maton mouscron, ot , BE
14684 7.3 years ago paul stein NY, NY , US
14683 7.3 years ago Ryan McGrath Seattle, WA , US
14682 7.3 years ago E B S, WA , US
14681 7.4 years ago Chuck Culhane Buffalo, NY , US Enough is enough. This was never a capital case; at the very worst a case of manslaughter, and self defense, if that. There are strong indications of Mumia's innocence. He should be free. He should...
14680 7.4 years ago Pauline Stout Chicago , IL , US
14679 7.4 years ago S B Rutland, VT , US
14678 7.4 years ago Robert Deutsch, Jr. New Port Richey, FL , US
14677 7.5 years ago Anonymous Ann Arbor, MI , US
14676 7.5 years ago Jean-Jacques Candelier ot , GB
14675 7.6 years ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
14674 7.6 years ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
14673 7.6 years ago Anonymous Simi Valley, CA , US
14672 7.7 years ago Pauline Stoiber Ebendorf, ot , AT
14671 7.9 years ago Lindsay Gerken Ashland, OR , US
14670 8 years ago Ken Gale NYC, NY , US Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's moral or ethical, and that needs to change, too.
14669 8 years ago Eloïse Logé Faverges, ot , GB
14668 8 years ago JACKAR Albert Paris, ot , GB
14667 8 years ago Damien Remy Saint Martin sur le Pré, ot , FR
14666 8 years ago Anonymous Niterói, ot , BR
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