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Thank you for supporting SB 942! Send this letter to your senator and representative and tell them to vote YES to SB 942.
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Dear [Senator or Representative],
I am writing to you today to pledge my support for Senate Bill 942, introduced by state Senator Sharif Street, which allows those serving life without parole, after serving a reasonable amount of time, a chance to approach the Parole Board to explore the possibility of release.
All life sentences in Pennsylvania are imposed without the possibility of parole. Individuals sentenced to life imprisonment may not be considered for parole, no matter how much they have reformed themselves and no matter how unlikely they are to re-offend. This includes those serving life under a felony murder charge who may have had no knowledge of the crime nor were they directly responsible for anyone’s death; incredibly the actual murderer in some instances are eventually released while they will eventually die behind bars. The aging population or lifers, those ill or elderly who pose little to no risk to the public, cost us well over $70,000 a year. Not only is this a betrayal of the espoused virtues of redemption for a model inmate but creates an avoidable expense for the corrections system – and we, the taxpayers, who fund it – by incarcerating individuals longer than necessary.
We call on you to allow these individuals a chance at redemption.