TOMORROW: “FREE OUR ELDERS” PRESS CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF SB 835
A new PA Senate Bill offers a chance at freedom to aging and sick people in Pennsylvania’s prisons.
PHILADELPHIA–On September 30, the Defender Association of Philadelphia will stand with representatives from Straight Ahead, the Abolitionist Law Center (ALC), the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI), elected leaders, community allies, and the loved ones of incarcerated people for a press conference in support of SB 835, a PA Senate Bill that offers a chance at freedom for aging and sick people in prisons.
The geriatric and medical parole bill, introduced by Senator Sharif Street, would make any person 55+ years of age who has served 25 years (or half their sentence, whichever comes first) eligible for parole. The bill also provides parole opportunities for people who have a chronic physical or mental illnesses.
WHO: PASenator Sharif Street;PA Senator Nikil Saval;PA Rep. Rick Krajewski;Marcie Marra, CADBI; Ms. Yvonne Newkirk, CADBI; Marthea Brown, CADBI; and John Thompson, ALC/CADBI
WHAT: “Free Our Elders” Press Conference in Support of SB 835
WHEN: Thursday, September 30, 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Philadelphia City Hall, Octavius Catto Statue
The Defender Association of Philadelphia is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides high-quality, client-centered legal representation, connection to social services, and re-entry support to adults and juveniles in Philadelphia. Our organization represents nearly 70 percent of adults and juveniles arrested in the City of Philadelphia.