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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14490 4 years ago christine gautier saint nazaire, ot , GB
14489 4 years ago Elhaimer marie Paris, ot , FR
14488 4 years ago Helene Troncin Brignais. France, ot ,
14487 4 years ago Christian Petit St Quentin-Fallavier, ot , GB
14486 4 years ago Fredrika Votichenko CA , US
14485 4 years ago eric viel ot , GB
14484 4 years ago Anonymous venissieux, ot , FX
14483 4 years ago Anonymous xxx, ot , FR
14481 4 years ago FEMENIAS DANIEL SETE, ot , GB
14480 4 years ago Catherine Douaud Saget SAFFRE, ot , GB
14479 4 years ago Marie-Andrée BERNARD FOUESNANT, ot , GB "Rien n'est moins évident que le laisser faire" (Pierre Bourdieu).
Libérez Mumia!
14478 4 years ago Jacqueline LAVY Daisy, ot , GB
14477 4 years ago Anonymous ot , FR
14476 4 years ago Goupil Etienne ot ,
14475 4 years ago GOUET Gérard ot , GB Un acharnement aussi incompréhensible qu'injuste à l'égard d'un homme qui pour le moins à largement payé !!!!
14474 4 years ago CHEVALIER jean-Luc milly lamartine, ot , GB Freedom for Mumia
14473 4 years ago Cecilia Toledo ot , CH
14472 4 years ago lozenguez josee sete, ot , GB
14471 4 years ago Anonymous le havre, ot , GB
14470 4 years ago Fati TOUATIOUI HOUILLES, ot , FR Stop à l'acharnement contre Mumia ! Stop au racisme et à l'injustice contre Mumia. Il doit être libéré pour profiter de sa famille avant qu'il ne soit trop tard
14469 4 years ago Ewa Piasecka Warsaw, ot , PL
14468 4 years ago Lucky THIPHAINE PONTOISE, PA , US Que dire de plus que la pétition, les injustices sont partout à Tombouctou comme en Pennsylvanie, dans les petits faits comme dans les grands. Je continue à lutter parce que je veux pouvoir me regar...
14467 4 years ago Anonymous Mazamet, ot , FR Cela a trop duré.Mumia doit retrouver sa petite famille en toute liberté.
14466 4 years ago valerie lecrot Malakoff, ot , GB
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