Decarcerate PA is a coalition of organizations and individuals seeking
an end to mass incarceration and the harms it brings our many
communities. Decarcerate PA seeks mechanisms to establish and maintain
whole, healthy communities and believes
that imprisonment exacerbates the problems we face. We therefore
demand an immediate and lasting moratorium on all new prisons: no new
prisons, no new county or city jails, no prison expansions, no new beds
in county jails, no immigrant detention facilities, no private prisons.
We also demand changes in policing, sentencing and legislation to reduce
the prison population. We believe that public money should instead be
spent on quality public schools, jobs and job training, community-based
reentry services, health care and food access, drug and alcohol
treatment programs, stable housing, restorative forms of justice and
non-punitive programs that address the root cause of violence in our
communities. Such steps are necessary to secure socially responsible,
personally secure, and economically viable communities in our state.