The purpose of the Prison Advocacy Unit is to present a vigorous program of non-litigation advocacy on behalf of Individuals in Pennsylvania’s county jails and state prisons. We advocate for incarcerated individuals and groups to ensure that:
1) The policies under which they live are fair, proper and promote the treatment of them as human beings in a civilized society.
2) The institutions in which they are held have proper oversight by the community and the public.
3) They obtain necessary medical and mental health care.
We collaborate with community partners to reduce population in the jails and prisons and improve conditions of confinement; Work to increase the rights of those in custody; and endeavor to ensure that the rights they have are recognized and enforced by penal authorities
We believe that it’s in the public’s interest to shine a light on what happens inside the walls of penal institutions. To that end, we work to provide information concerning:
- jail policies, practices, and reports, as available through right to know or open records’ requests,
- basic demographic information about the people detained in our county jail,
- the reasons for their confinement and
- the length of their incarceration.