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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14688 4 months ago jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL , US
14687 6 months ago donald kokkonen cambridge, WI , US
14686 7 months ago Jeanne Mackay, Marysville, MI , US
14685 7 months ago philippe maton mouscron, ot , BE
14684 9 months ago paul stein NY, NY , US
14683 9 months ago Ryan McGrath Seattle, WA , US
14682 10 months ago E B S, WA , US
14681 11 months ago Chuck Cuilhane 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 11 months ago Pauline Stout Chicago , IL , US
14679 11 months ago S B Rutland, VT , US
14678 11 months ago Robert Deutsch, Jr. New Port Richey, FL , US
14677 11 months ago Anonymous Ann Arbor, MI , US
14676 12 months ago Jean-Jacques Candelier ot , FR
14675 1 year ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
14674 1 year ago peter leeftink zwolle, ot , NL
14673 1 year ago Anonymous Simi Valley, CA , US
14672 1 year ago pauline stoiber ebendorf, ot , AT
14671 1 year ago Lindsay Gerken Ashland, OR , US
14670 1 year ago jon frank newyork, NY , US
14669 1 year ago Adam Dennington Ozone Park, NY , US
14668 1 year 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.
14667 1 year ago Eloïse Logé Faverges, ot , FR
14666 1 year ago Albert Jackar Paris, ot , FR
14665 1 year ago Damien REMY Saint Martin sur le Pré, ot , FR
14664 1 year ago Anonymous Niterói, ot , BR
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