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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Number Date Name Location Please add a comment if ...
14565 3.9 years ago TEMEL DEM?RER BALGAT/ ANKARA, ot , TR
14564 3.9 years ago Kim Jones Richmond, VA , US
14563 3.9 years ago Lachlan Graham ot , GB
14562 3.9 years ago Anonymous ot ,
14561 3.9 years ago Donna Wallach San Jose, CA , US The law is illegal and should be abolished. The people who signed the law should be impeached and prosecuted for breaking the U.S. Constitution - an oath of office they vowed to keep when they were ...
14560 3.9 years ago J. Alessi Chicago, IL , US
14559 3.9 years ago Bill Miller Las Vegas, NV , US
14558 3.9 years ago elizabeth davidson claremont, CA , US
14557 3.9 years ago Julie ESSONO ESSOMBA Saint-Denis, ot , GB FREE MUMIA AND ALL POLITIC PRISONNERS !!!
14556 3.9 years ago Adrianne Tompkins Newton, MA , US
14555 3.9 years ago Anonymous ot , GB
14554 3.9 years ago Anonymous Hannover, GA , US
14553 3.9 years ago Anonymous ot , FR
14552 3.9 years ago Anonymous ot , GB
14551 3.9 years ago Armelle Labourey morteau, ot , GB Justice et Liberté pour Mumia !!
14550 3.9 years ago Elise Cleva Arlington, VA , US
14549 3.9 years ago LOISEAU Danielle ot , GB
14548 3.9 years ago Ulisses M. BROCKTON, MA , US
14547 3.9 years ago André BARNOIN ot , GB De quoi a peur la Justice américaine en imposant le silence à Mumia et à ses soutiens ? Qu'il puisse démontrer son innocence ? Oui, nous le savons, bien sûr ! Justice pour Mumia !
14546 3.9 years ago Patrick Grocq Paris, ot , FR
14545 3.9 years ago patrice mediamole maubourguet, ot , FR
14544 3.9 years ago Anonymous Paris, ot , GB
14543 3.9 years ago Daniel Masson ot , GB
14542 3.9 years ago chantal rene corail fort de france, ot , MQ Plus de justice en 2015 libéré Mumia
14541 3.9 years ago Anonymous ot , GB
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