Action Alert: Supporting #SB942 Empowers PA Parole Board to Make Right Decisions

Philadelphia DAO
Sep 20, 2018 · 2 min read

District Attorney Larry Krasner supports State Senator Sharif Street’s (D-Philadelphia) Senate Bill 942, which would allow the Pennsylvania Parole Board to make appropriate (and just) decisions that will safely reduce our state prison population and save taxpayers millions of dollars while continuing to allow the Board to hear statements from victims’ loved ones. Here are some of the factual reasons why you should consider supporting this legislation:

  • SB 942 does not create a right to parole;
  • The PA Parole Board continues to put public safety and victim’s voices first: Since 2012, the Board has denied 60% of parole requests from inmates convicted of homicide and granted 40%;
  • Battered women who were convicted of murder decades ago are still serving life without parole;
  • 635 of those serving life have not taken a life;
  • Over 39% of all state inmates are incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses. (Source: PA Department of Corrections);
  • Approximately 5,236 people are serving life sentences in Pennsylvania. 46% of these people are 50 years of age or older. Our state ranks second in the nation for elderly inmates, the vast majority of whom have aged out of dangerous behavior. Moreover, this population costs our state between $70,000 to $100,000 per inmate. (Source: PA Department of Corrections);
  • 55% of people serving life without parole are considered model inmates. (Source: PA Department of Corrections);
  • The possibility of parole for people serving life sentences will create a safer environment for correctional officers and staff.

Together, we can continue to include the voices of victims and their families while empowering the parole board to make decisions grounded in public safety and justice for all. To learn more about this very important issue and how you can support the bill, visit PassSB942.

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