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Jondhi Harrell Doesn’t Speak for PA Lifer Prisoners

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

“Johndi Harrell doesn’t speak for Pennsylvania lifer prisoners,” by Kerry Shakaboona Marshall. Pennsylvania’s primary elections was bittersweet for Pennsylvania lifer prisoners and families in regards to the reelection of State Representative Jason Dawkins of the… Full Transcript

Is There a Fear To Love?

Charles Karim Diggs

Charles Karim Diggs, and I’m calling from Pennsylvania, Graterford. And, uh, my, uh, title for the subject tonight is, “Is There a Fear to Love?” You may ask yourself, what does love have to do… Full Transcript

American Prisons as Senior Citizen’s Warehouses

Charles Karim Diggs

Hello everyone. My name is Charles Karim Diggs. I’m at Graterford, uh, prison. And my number is AK7945, Box 244, Graterford, PA 19426. I wanted to, uh, share my feelings about the senior citizens in… Full Transcript

On Parole For Lifers

Omar Askia Ali

My name is, uh, Omar Askia Ali, aka Edward Sistrunk. I’m housed in Coal Township in Pennsylvania. I’m speaking about parole eligibility for life-sentence prisoners in the state of Pennsylvania. There is a dire need… Full Transcript

Lifers Do Better On Parole

Omar Askia Ali

Statistics show that 85 to 90 percent of those incarcerated are in prison for economically related crimes, mostly due to poverty and lack of education and lack of employable skills. Moreover, the recidivism rate among… Full Transcript

PA Parole Chairman Rejects Special Protections for Child Lifer Prisoners

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

Leo Dunn, Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP) has been touring the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ (PDOC) prisons to discuss parole review hearings for child lifer prisoners.On January 9, 2017, Chairman Dunn… Full Transcript

On Politics

Juvenile Lifer Project: Symbol without Substance

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana, the PDOC Secretary John Wetzel has implemented the Juvenile Lifer Project (JLP) for the child lifers in the State prison system,… Full Transcript

Denial of Transfer Prevents Representation

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana held that mandatory Life-Without-Parole (LWOP) sentences were unlawful for child homicide offenders and required trial courts to provide child homicide offenders a… Full Transcript

House Bill 2135 and Parole Eligibility for Life Sentence Prisoners

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

In a House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda posted May 25,2016 to all House members, Representative Jason Dawkins announced he will be introducing a bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that will abolish Life-Without-Parole (LWOP) imprisonment in… Full Transcript

Philly District Attorney Trades One Illegal Sentence For Another

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

Philadelphia District Attorney (D.A.) Seth Williams finally released his Juvenile Resentencing Protocol in compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Miller vs. Alabama and Montgomery vs. Louisiana. D.A. Seth Williams has stated “we are… Full Transcript

PA Parole Board Lags Behind In Reform for Child Lifers

Kerry “Shakaboona” Marshall

Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP) is in the pits when it comes to reforming the way it handles parole review of child offenders and child lifer prisoners. In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court… Full Transcript