Unfair sentencing tools are back. We can stop them again.


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.

The problem?

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.

Message recipents:

  • Governor Tom Wolf
  • Senator Sharif Street
  • Representative Joanna McClinton
  • Representative Todd Stephens
  • Mark Bergstrom, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing
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Reject This Broken Sentencing Tool

The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing is considering the adoption of a tool that supposedly can predict whether an individual will commit a crime in the future. Judges can then use this tool to decide how harshly to sentence a person who has been convicted of a crime.

I’m writing today to urge you to reject this plan.

This proposal should be rejected. Nobody should ever serve more time in prison simply because a tool labels them "high risk."

I hope that you’ll do the right thing and say “no” to a policy that would further cement what is a criminal justice system already steeped in racial disparities.

Thanks for your time,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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