Voices from the Inside

This page is for the words we recieve from our allies and comrades inside Pennsylvania's prisons. Many of these statements were given to us to be read at protests and rallys, including the February 20th Occupy for Prisoners rally and the November 19th Tribunal to put the PA Prison System on trial.

If you or someone you love is currently incarcerated and wants to submit something for our Voices from the Inside section, write to us at:

Decarcerate PA
PO Box 40764
Philadelphia, PA 19107

My name is Alexander Savage. I’m currently 21 years old; I was 19 when I caught my charges and sentenced when I was 20 years old. I was a college student at Indiana University of PA. I... READ MORE

by Termaine Saulsbury

Troublesome
Ever since I was a youngen
Refusing to lose the struggle
Maintaining my sanity... READ MORE

by Termaine Saulsbury

November 16, 2016

Criminal choices of a criminal system. Hillary Clinton is a repeat war criminal, Donald Trump is a... READ MORE

Matthew Matteo
BS 7345
S.C.I. Benner Township
301 Institution Drive
Bellefonte PA 16823

September 30th 2016

To see brief video of me... READ MORE

I received your letter a few weeks ago and I want to thank you for your support.  I understand that your organization is trying to get legislation pushed through the legislative branch... READ MORE

by Nathaniel Butler

For two days i sat back inside my prison cell here at S.C.I. Camp Hill state prison and watched on T.V. the slaughter of two African American men by... READ MORE

by Nathaniel Butler

Each day across America, experienced lawyers win and lose cases brought on appeal. To expect a person to present his own case would be analogous to... READ MORE

by Gabriel Pittman

To All Pennsylvania Pre-Miller JLWOPer's: 

Now that the seminal case of Songster v. Beard, C A. No. 04-5916, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS... READ MORE

FROM: Ricky Tejada #EW1339

Date: 22 May 15

Re: Some things you NEED to know and uncontrolled experiment

 

DEAR

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by Brandon Moody

"[T]he legal system embraces the adversary process to achieve 'truth,' for the ultimate purpose of attaining an authoritative, final, just, and... READ MORE

by James Hough

Hello, my name is James Hough, I’ve been incarcerated since age 17 for senselessly and regretfully taking the life of another human being. I’ve spent the last 20 +... READ MORE

by Dwayne Hill

In Miller V. Alabama, the United States Supreme court extended it’s individualized sentencing requirement to homicide cases. While the defendant in... READ MORE

Kempis "Ghani" Songster

—by Kerry "... READ MORE

Gary Walker's statement for the Mothers Day Rally

My Name is Gary Walker. I am a Death By Incarceration human being, not an inmate. The experience I... READ MORE

“Stand Up or Do Not Complain” 

As a resident doing time in a State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon, I do not claim this is my home! Some may ask or think... READ MORE

NOTICE

“By chance, would you happen to know a troubled youth who could us a helping hand correcting their character flaws before it becomes too late... READ MORE

It would behoove me to explain – as well as for you to know – the general noxious practices that are customarily adopted and executed within the judicial system. Practices designed... READ MORE

THE SEPARATION OF POWERS DOCTRINE PROHIBITS IMPOSITION OF AN ARBITRARY PAROLE DATE FOR JUVENILES   SERVING   MANDATORY   SENTENCES   OF LIFE WITHOUT  PAROLE  IMPOSED  PRIOR TO JUNE 24, ... READ MORE

Mr. Earl Saunders

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Civil Rights Division
Washington, DC 20530


RE... READ MORE

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