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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14640 4.6 years ago Anton Mestin Berlin, ot , DE
14639 4.6 years ago Laura Petit ot , GB
14638 4.6 years ago Anonymous Stockton, ot ,
14637 4.6 years ago Lumeau Aude Lauzerville, ot , GB If you come in France for support us and say "WE are Charlie" you can't accept a law which is kill your freedom of expression. Even if we talk about prisoneer's freedom of expression.
14636 4.6 years ago Anonymous ot , GB
14635 4.6 years ago Catherine COUNALI IVRY SUR SEINE, ot , FR
14634 4.6 years ago Anonymous LA MADELEINE, ot , GB
14633 4.6 years ago JEAN-PIERRE BOUZIN WASQUEHAL, ot , FR
14631 4.6 years ago christine tordo ot , FR
14630 4.6 years ago MICHAEL LE BOURLOUT noisy le grand, ot , GB Mister Obama rentrez dans l'histoire des states en libérant Mumia des geôles du racisme ! thanks for him
14629 4.6 years ago Anonymous MONTAUBAN, ot , FX
14628 4.6 years ago Pallarers Nathanaëlle Bordeaux, ot , GB
14627 4.6 years ago Claudine Chaffard ot ,
14626 4.6 years ago Nuria Moraga ot , GB
14625 4.6 years ago Anonymous Vichy, ot , FR
14624 4.6 years ago bernard delprat coursan, ot , GB
14623 4.6 years ago leboeuf chrystel ot , FX
14622 4.6 years ago Zétahar Aït cherif NOGENT SUR MARNE, ot , FR Il est temps que l’Amérique se regarde dans un miroir propre et nettoyé:
14621 4.6 years ago simione alain marseille, ot , FX
14620 4.6 years ago Anne Pitteloud Pougny, ot , FR
14619 4.6 years ago rachel honner paris, ot , GB
14618 4.6 years ago Noémie Moser PA , US
14617 4.6 years ago isabelle schricke montreuil, ot , FR
14616 4.6 years ago astrid HOLVOET-LACROIX TOURNAI, AE , BE
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