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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14514 2.9 years ago valerie defossez paris, QC , FR
14513 2.9 years ago valerie defossez paris, QC , FR
14512 2.9 years ago pajot marie-laure pont de barret, ot , GB
14511 2.9 years ago Anonymous Elven, ot , FX
14510 2.9 years ago MOTARD ALAIN PA , US
14509 2.9 years ago Isabelle Foussard Lagny sur Marne, ot , US
14508 2.9 years ago Isabelle Foussard Lagny sur Marne, ot , US
14507 2.9 years ago Beverly Hadley West hills, CA , US
14506 2.9 years ago christophe nicolas ot ,
14505 2.9 years ago Anonymous miami, FL , US
14504 2.9 years ago Anonymous Argenteuil, NH , US Mumia est innocent et doit être immédiatement libéré
14503 2.9 years ago Anonymous Argenteuil, NH , US Mumia est innocent et doit être immédiatement libéré
14502 2.9 years ago Remi Uzan Montrouge, ot , FX
14501 2.9 years ago SCHMITT JEAN CLAUDE neubois, ot , FR ABOLITION DE LA PEINE DE MORT!
dans un pays démocratique elle n'a pas sa place et bon courage MUMIA!jespère que la bonne volonté des hommes parviendra à te libérer
14500 2.9 years ago SCHMITT JEAN CLAUDE neubois, ot , FR
14499 2.9 years ago Christiane Botton Limoges, PA , US
14498 2.9 years ago Anonymous LE RHEU , AE , FR
14497 2.9 years ago Jacques Vivès-Torrens Houlette, ot , GB
14496 2.9 years ago MARION Raymond La TOUR du PIN, ot , FX
14495 2.9 years ago Barbara Sánchez Berlin, ot , DE
14494 2.9 years ago Christian Schwartz MERPINS, ot , FR
14493 2.9 years ago Claude BARTA TOURS, ot , FR L'Homme est crée libre!
14492 2.9 years ago Jean-Jacques Longuenesse Cavaillon, ot , FR
14491 2.9 years ago Marie Gérôme ot , FR
14490 3 years ago christine gautier saint nazaire, ot , GB
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