CHESTER, PA—Emphasizing the urgent need for action in response to high rates of COVID-19 infection and COVID-related deaths in state prisons, Pennsylvania lawmakers will gather at SCI Chester on Tuesday, March 2, 10am and call on Governor Tom Wolf to use his power of reprieve and release incarcerated people who are elderly or medically vulnerable.
The rate of death from COVID in Pennsylvania prisons is three times that of the general population. Governor Wolf’s administration initially identified more than 1,200 people who would be eligible for reprieve in Spring 2020, but despite the recent spike in rates of infection and death, the state reports that fewer than 200 people have been granted reprieve, and none since June 2020.
This action comes on the heels of a bicameral letter issued on Monday, February 8, in which nearly three dozen legislators urged the Governor to take immediate action to protect this vulnerable population. The State Senators and State Representatives will be joined by advocates from Amistad Law Project, Color of Change, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and Reclaim Philadelphia, as well as impacted family members whose loved ones remain incarcerated and in danger.
WHERE: State Correctional Institution–Chester
500 E 4th St, Chester, PA 19013
WHO: Senator Sharif Street
Senator Anthony Hardy Williams
Senator Nikil Saval
Senator John Kane
Senator Amanda M. Cappelletti
Senator Katie Muth
Representative Rick Krajewski
Representative Danilo Burgos
Representative Malcolm Kenyatta
Representative Dan Williams
Amistad Law Project
Color of Change
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Impacted family members
Additional participants will be announced in the coming days