The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing is considering a proposal that would adopt a tool that claims to predict future criminality. This tool would then be used by judges as a guide to make sentencing decisions.
Even with changes to the proposal that took into account public comments from the last round of hearings, the new proposal still will reflect racial disparities in sentencing and overall incarceration. Relying on problematic data will only lead to a deepening of systemic racism in the criminal justice system. Contact the governor and the state lawmakers who serve on the commission and urge them to reject this proposal.