Monday, December 17, 2012

National Call In Day - December 19th - Wednesday!

Join with Decarcerate PA for a statewide call-in day on December 19th to demand that Governor Corbett cancel all new prison construction in 2013!

2013 is fast approaching, and that means its time to make new years resolutions. Unfortunately, some of our elected (and appointed) officials could use a little help! That's why we are asking all of you to give Governor Corbett and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel a call and remind them to add "NO NEW PRISONS" to their resolutions list.  Want to see how its done?  Check out the call-in day promo video (starring Corbett and Wetzel themselves!): 

Right now, Governor Corbett is just breaking ground on two new prisons in Montgomery County. If completed, these prisons will cost $400 million to build and will house 4,100 people. At the same time, the Philadelphia school district has just announced they will close 37 schools this year. Please call Governor Corbett and Secretary Wetzel at the numbers below and ask them to fund schools, not prisons! PA needs more classrooms and fewer prison cells.

Corbett's office - 717-787-2500
Wetzel's office - 717-728-4109

You can also tweet at @GovernorCorbett, or you can write to them at:

Governor Tom Corbett
Room 225
Main Capitol Building

7 Decarcerate Members Arrested!

Seven members of Decarcerate PA set up school desks, banners, and a little red schoolhouse to block the entrance to the prison construction site in Montgomery County.  They then sat at the desks, linking arms and refusing to move or allow construction vehicles onto the sight.  Construction was delayed for over an hour before all seven protesters were arrested and taken away.  The new prisons are being built on the grounds of SCI Graterford in Montgomery County.  If completed, they will cost $400 million and house 4,100 people.  We believe these prisons must be stopped, and that the money should be reinvested in our schools and communities.    

You can see a a video of the action featuring statements from the arrestees here:

And a statement from Decarcerate PA about the action here:

You can also see more photos HERE, and video of the livestream action HERE.  Or check out ourwebsitefacebook, and twitter for more information.  

The folks who were arrested were charged with three misdemeanors each: Defiant Trespass, Failure of Disorderly Persons to Disperse upon Official Order, and Persistent Disorderly Conduct.  They have all been released on bail.  However, we had to borrow money for bail, and need to pay people back.  We are also anticipating court costs and fees.  So if you can, please consider making a donation to DecarceratePA to help us cover these costs.  You can make a donation HERE, or by going to our website at and clicking on the “Donate” button.

Please help us spread the word about these actions and forward this along to anyone you think might be interested.

Thank you so much for your support!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Picture This!

When Governor Corbett came to Philadelphia in May, Decarcerate PA lined the streets with prison beds and banners to demonstrate that money spent on prison beds is money taken away from the things PA really needs.  Now we are taking our beds on the road!  Every day from now until the budget passes, Decarcerate PA will post a new photo of these prison beds in front of institutions and places in Pennsylvania that are negatively impacted by Governor Corbett’s broken priorities.

Governor Corbett’s proposed 2012-2013 budget would continue his attack on public education, health care, and social services. His budget cuts $78 million from basic education, $264 million from higher education, $319 million from General Assistance, and millions more from environmental protection, homeowners assistance, and healthcare and mental health services.  He claims these drastic cuts will somehow benefit the state. But if Governor Corbett really loved Pennsylvania, he would focus on funding the vital industries and support systems that help Pennsylvanians grow, learn and stay healthy.

At the same time, Governor Corbett is moving ahead with a $685 million project to build three new prisons and expand nine existing facilities. Each new prison will contain about 2,000 new beds and cost $200 million to build. For each new prison bed, Pennsylvania taxpayers will pay about $100,000. In all, this expensive construction will add over 5,000 new beds to the prison system at a time when Governor Corbett’s own Department of Corrections Secretary, John Wetzel, acknowledges that thousands of men and women are currently incarcerated in PA beyond their minimum release dates due to programming wait lists and bureaucratic backlogs.

If Governor Corbett cared about Pennsylvanians, he would invest in education, healthcare and other industries that promote a brighter future, not more unnecessary prison beds. Join Decarcerate PA in asking Governor Corbett, “Where is the love?”

For more on Decarcerate PA’s campaign, visit:
For more details on the impact Governor Corbett’s proposed budget cuts, visit:

Check Out Picture This HERE!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Free Spaghetti Dinner

Come Join Decarcerate PA For a
Free Spaghetti Dinner!!!!
Friday March 16th 2012
6pm to 8pm

Bidwell Presbyterian Church---North side
1025 Liverpool Street Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Contact Decarcerate PA- - 412-945-0664

Come learn about the $685 Million,  Governor Corbett wants to spend on prison expansion and share how mass incarceration has impacted you and your community!

There will be activities for children so bring the whole family!!

art by Kevin Caplicki