TELL YOUR PA STATE SENATOR TO VOTE NO ON FAKE PROBATION "REFORM"

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The Pennsylvania state Senate is considering passage of SB14, a law that its supporters say would reform the commonwealth's broken probation system. But SB14 has been amended to strip away its most meaningful reforms. It's window-dressing legislation: it won’t solve the problems with probation, but it will give lawmakers a chance to claim that they are reformists. In this moment, when national protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement are demanding bold, systemic change, we must demand more from our representatives in Harrisburg than false solutions masquerading as reform.

Will you contact your senator today and urge them to vote "No?"

Message Recipients: Your State Senator

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Pennsylvania is in urgent need of probation reform. When a person enters into the state’s probation system, they are beginning an indefinite period of government supervision that disproportionately impacts communities of color, particularly Black Pennsylvanians. But SB14 is not meaningful reform. While the bill makes some modest improvements that will help some Pennsylvanians, to be sure, it falls far short of what is needed to fully fix our broken probation system.

Instead of real reform, SB14 simply establishes grounds for hearings on early termination of probation. Real reform means a cap on the length of time a person can be on probation. Reform means reeling in the power that judges have over people on probation, not expanding it. Reform means not keeping people on probation indefinitely if they are too poor to pay restitution.

SB14 does none of this. That is why, as your constituent, I urge you to vote “no” on SB14.

Sincerely,

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

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