Restore Commutation Lobby Day!

The Campaign to Restore Meaningful Commutation  is headed to Harrisburg on Thursday June 23 and we could use some community support to get there! Our campaign launched at the beginning of April when we sent our 12 point platform  to State lawmakers, a month later we called over 140 offices following up and seeking allies. Now it's time to go to the capital! Click Here if you want to come with us! 

$400 - Rental Fee for 2 Vans
$250 - Super High Pa Turnpike Tolls for Vans and Cars
$350 - Gas

As mass incarceration in Pennsylvania continues to impact our communities across the state, there are an increasing number of aging people in prison serving Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences, many of whom have been incarcerated for decades. Commutation, an act of mercy by the state, is the only way lifers can have a chance to be parole eligible, but right now the commutation process is essentially unusable for lifers.

As the role of lookout in a robbery that went wrong, Avis Lee was sentenced to Life Without Parole at the age of 18. This August, at the age of 55,  she will ask for mercy from the state of PA  for the 6th time. In the last 25 years, only 8 Men and no women or trans people have had thier life sentences commuted. 

Many lifers have changed very much during their time in prison, and want to give back to their communities and educate youth to keep them from following in their footsteps. Statistically, aging lifers represent the least likely subset to reoffend.

With reforms, we believe the commutation process could be used justly and effectively to release prisoners who are not a threat to public safety, returning them to their families and communities, and also relieving the unnecessary and enormous state costs of their continued incarceration.

We believe mercy is a component of a true justice system, even in situations where irreparable harm has occurred, including murder. We advocate that a mandatory punitive response such as Life Without Parole does not prevent further violence in our communities nor create a process for healing.

Our gratitude is limitless. Our love boundless. 
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. 

Organizer and beneficiary

Let's Get Free
Pittsburgh, PA
Jennifer Lahn

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