This is an amazing billboard in Central PA. The billboard campaign is a community initiative by a group called Let’s Get Free that seeks to eliminate life without parole sentencing as a means toward abolition.
5,467 people in PA are sentenced to die in prison,” reads a billboard perched on the Pennsylvania turnpike near Exit 91. They are referring not to the death penalty, but to “death by incarceration” – or life without the possibility of parole.
As drivers pass by on their shuttles around Somerset, they will bear witness to an atrocious—yet often unknown—fact about the way that their state government treats people held captive on the inside.
Help Prison Radio sponsor one of these billboards by donating now. We are raising $3,000 to put up billboards around P.A. We have a generous donor who will match up to $1,500, so we we are halfway there. Please chip in what you can today to help us support this important public education project.
The billboard campaign is a community initiative by a group called Let’s Get Free that seeks to eliminate life without parole sentencing as a means toward abolition. Their work includes commutation reforms, opportunities for formerly and currently incarcerated people, and promotion of transformative justice—with a particular emphasis on women and trans prisoners who are often neglected in how we discuss the multifaceted harms of the prison-industrial complex.
“Our state has given up on redemption and reform in terms of showing people in society that people have what it takes to change and have a desire to change,” our correspondent Troy Thomas said about life without parole sentencing in his own state of California. “We’ve got guys here that have been here for twenty, thirty years that have done everything humanly possible to show that they have reformed, but somehow our system of so-called justice doesn’t give people another chance.”
The effort to prohibit life without parole sentencing is not just any ordinary reform but rather a hallmark of abolition: we recognize that people deserve the possibility of being vindicated for what they have done, and thus we demand a system that facilitates restoration rather than destruction, healing rather than suffering, life rather than death.
Their website can be found at letsgetfree.info, and their Linktree is posted at linktr.ee/womeninprison. They can also be located on social media at @womeninprison on Instagram, @vivamarilynbuck on Twitter, and @LetsGetFreePA on Facebook.
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Prison Radio Staff