Tell your PA House Representative: Say "NO" to fake reform. No more indefinite probation in PA.
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Pennsylvania's probation system is broken and in desperate need of reform. Probation is a significant driver of mass incarceration in Pennsylvania, the state with the highest incarceration rate in the Northeast. Once a person enters the probation system, any number of minor rule violations can send that person to jail and keep them on probation indefinitely.
That's why probation reform in Pennsylvania, at the very least, must institute caps on the length of time that a person can be assigned to probation.
Unfortunately, legislation being considered by representatives in the state House fails to include caps to probation. In fact, the so-called probation reform bills, H.B.1555 and S.B.14, would actually deepen the probation crisis in the commonwealth.
Contact your state representative today and urge them to vote no on H.B.1555/S.B.14 unless the bills are amended to cap probation terms.
Pennsylvania is one of just a handful of states that place virtually no limit on how long a person can be kept on probation. Some people can spend decades under supervision for a single offense. And, like all elements of the criminal legal system, Black and brown Pennsylvanians are disproportionately impacted by the broken probation system.
Update: A proposed amendment to this bill by Rep. Delozier would take savings from the state probation program to fund basic training for police. Assuming this fake reform bill will result in any savings, legislators should divest from supervision and incarceration, and instead invest in what helps keep people off probation to begin with: increased access to jobs, education, housing, and voluntary, community-based health services. Inclusion of this amendment would be slap in the face to the tens of thousands of people who marched this summer and continue to stop police violence and divest from the police. Just one more example of how lawmakers are masquerading this dangerous bill as "reform."
Tell your state rep to vote NO on fake probation reform.
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