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Solitary Confinement Cell Replica at the Capitol
February 3 - February 6
The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is sponsoring a Solitary Confinement Cell Replica on display in the Pennsylvania Capitol. The cell will be on display in the Capitol East Wing Rotunda from February 3 – 6 daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join the council for a moment of solidarity. A press conference is scheduled for Monday, February 3 from 11 a.m. to noon. House Bill 497 and Senate Bill 832, will be a focus of the press conference. Each of these bills would dramatically reduce the use of solitary confinement in PA. These bills would: (1) prohibit the use of solitary confinement for certain vulnerable populations, including pregnant women, youth, seniors, and LGBTQ populations; (2) limit solitary confinement to no more than 15 days within a given period of time (to prevent its long-term use); and (3) provide a step-down period so that no one is released directly from solitary confinement back into communities.
The Council is working with its partner, the Abolitionist Law Center, with assistance from the Van Ameringen Foundation, to build a statewide coalition aimed at advocating for this legislation. The Council believes that solitary confinement is a form of torture, is used disproportionately against people of color, and has negative impacts on the emotional and physical health of those who experience it.
Constituents are asked to invite their legislators to spend some time in solitary or stop by yourself to get a sense of what prisoners in solitary confinement in PA experience on a daily basis. Follow this link for help drafting and sending a letter of invitation to your legislators.