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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14615 4.5 years ago astrid HOLVOET-LACROIX TOURNAI, AE , BE
14614 4.5 years ago jean-paul gristi marseille, ot , FX
14613 4.5 years ago Malcolm Minino 9990 Maldegem, AL , BE
14612 4.5 years ago viat danielle paris, ot , GB
14611 4.5 years ago Isabelle Beaulier ot , FX
14609 4.5 years ago le penven lydie blagnac, ot , GB
14608 4.5 years ago alexis alliot tours, ot , FX
14607 4.5 years ago Simon Emmanuelle Paris, ot , FX
14606 4.5 years ago Jean-Michel Richard St Nazaire les Eymes, ot , FR
14605 4.5 years ago Jean Labarre Lavardin, ot , GB
14604 4.5 years ago FRISTOT Didier LOUPMONT, ot , FX
14603 4.5 years ago Anonymous ST-ALBAN DU RHONE, ot , GB
14602 4.5 years ago Clerc Morgane ot , GB
14601 4.5 years ago Elabdi Abdellah Rennes, ot , GB
14600 4.5 years ago Elabdi Abdellah Rennes, ot , GB
14599 4.5 years ago Régis Moulard Chambéry, ot , GB
14598 4.5 years ago Samson Régine Corzé, ot , FR
14597 4.5 years ago Annick Labouré Chaumont sur Loire, ot , GB
14596 4.5 years ago Lebee Christine Paris, ot , FR
14595 4.5 years ago Roger LELIEU LANNION, ot , GB Respect de la "Liberté d'expression universelle". Mumia est innocent, vous le savez bien, c'est pour cela que vous voulez l'empêcher de parler.
14594 4.5 years ago bernard condette RECOUBEAU JANSAC, ot , GB
14593 4.5 years ago bernard condette RECOUBEAU JANSAC, ot , GB
14592 4.5 years ago SCHMITT JEAN CLAUDE neubois, ot , FR
14591 4.5 years ago valerie defossez paris, QC , FR
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