PHILADELPHIA PA (April 18, 2018) Today, in response to Mayor Kenney's announcement that the city will close the House of Correction in the next three years, the #No215Jail Coalition released the following statement:
Members of the group Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) gathered on the step of the Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday to call for an end of life sentences without the possibility of parole in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Participants included the West Philadelphia-based Human Rights Coalition and a host of others who traveled to Harrisburg to support HB 2135, which was introduced by Rep. Jason Dawkins. The bill would make those sentenced to life eligible for parole in 15 years of serving.
There’s a faint glimmer of hope for Pennsylvanians who are condemned to spend the rest of their lives in prison.
House Bill 2135, introduced last spring by state Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-Phila.), would make inmates serving a life sentence eligible for parole review after 15 years.
Subramanyam Vedam would certainly qualify. He was a 19-year-old State College kid when his friend Tom Kinser disappeared in 1980. He was 21 when he was accused of killing Kinser and then found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole (LWOP).