It is estimated that over 80,000 individuals are housed in solitary confinement throughout the United States. PA ranks 8th in the country for the number of prisoners held in isolation for three or more years. Solitary confinement disproportionately affects people of color, LGBTQ populations, and juveniles.
Currently, there are bills in the PA house and senate judiciary committees that would prohibit the use of solitary confinement for the vulnerable populations listed above, and cap the maximum amount of time and inmate could be sentenced to solitary confinement to 15 days.
Join us for a conversation about the history and uses of solitary confinement, its current practices, and possible alternatives. Formerly incarcerated individuals will share their stories and we will engage in interactive exercises designed to stimulate conversation about advocacy and activism.
As people of faith, we care about the issue of solitary confinement because we believe that no human being is beyond redemption. Solitary confinement is a massive detriment to the eventual re-entry of incarcerated persons back into community. It is a form of torture that harms everyone. That means everyone can do something to change it.
We ask that you please register for the event ahead of time so that we can have enough prepared materials for everyone. Registration is free and we do not share your information with anyone outside of the PA Council of Churches. Click here to register: https://www.pachurches.org/event/solidarity-not-solitary-january-12-harrisburg/
The link can also be found under "tickets" on this FB page. This event is free to attend and no actual ticket is required. If you have any questions please email Emily Schmid at E.SCHMID@PACHURCHES.ORG