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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14590 4.1 years ago Martine Platel Paris , ot , GB
14589 4.1 years ago EBSTEIN Bernard Argenteuil, NH , US Moumia est innocent c'est un juste parmi les nations, libérez-le immédiatement
14588 4.1 years ago francine Mazière ot , FX
14587 4.1 years ago NELLY RAMOS ot , GB
14586 4.1 years ago JAYAT MARIE-PIERRE CHABEUIL, ot , FR
14585 4.1 years ago Dieudonné Philippe Marseille, ot , GB
14584 4.1 years ago maire martine ot , GB
14583 4.1 years ago BAGGE JULIE nice, ot , GB
14582 4.1 years ago pierre plougonven crozon, ot , FX
14581 4.1 years ago PERROT JEAN-CLAUDE BRIEC, ot , FX
14580 4.1 years ago Gautier André Trégueux, ot , FR
14579 4.1 years ago Raymo nd PEZZATTI LYON, ot , GB
14578 4.1 years ago Bénédicte Vrain Bourges, ot , GB
14577 4.1 years ago Anonymous Venelles, ot , US
14576 4.1 years ago Anonymous PERTUIS-FRANCE, ot , FX Que Mumia soit libre et regagne sa maison et les siens.
14575 4.1 years ago Patrice Alliot Courtalain, ot , GB
14574 4.1 years ago Brigitte AZEMA-PEYRET ANGERS -FRANCE, ot , ER Liberté d'expression même pour ceux qui sont privé de liberté . BAP
14573 4.1 years ago DALZON Florence CHAMBERY, ot , GB
14572 4.1 years ago ivana vederine dijon, ot , FR
14571 4.1 years ago Anne-Marie Gaydier LOMME, ot , GB
14570 4.1 years ago Ariane BERLAND ot , GB no more victims of injust laws
14569 4.1 years ago Nathalie Alvernhe ot , GB
14568 4.1 years ago Anne-Lise WOOD Versoix, ot , CH
14567 4.1 years ago Jean Albert LARRIEU TARBES, ot , FX
14566 4.1 years ago Karlinsky Antoinette Paris, ot , GB
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