A Report on Torture and Racism in Pennsylvania Prison

The Human Rights Coalition of Pennsylvania is poised to release a scathing report regarding the use of torture in a state penitentiary.  They are calling upon activists and citizens to speak out against likely retaliation directed upon the prisoners who shared their stories, thus the title of the report:  Unity and Courage-SCI Huntingdon Report

People are encouraged to work in coalition with HRC.  SBI-Huntingdon Superintendent Raymond Lawlor can be reached at (814) 643-2100

HRC-Fed Up! Chapter, 5129 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh

412-361-3022 (ext 4); hrcfedup@gmail.com

HRC- Philadelphia Chapter, 4134 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia

215-921-3491; info@hrccoalition.org

HRC-Chester Chapter, 4 East 7th Street, Chester, PA

610-876-8226;  hrcchester@yahoo.com

The report recommends Law Enforcement conduct proper investigations inside the prison; the Legislature conduct hearings and develop an oversight commission regarding torture and violations of the 8th Amendment; the Legal Community assist prisoners and families in filing civil rights complaints; Prisoners and Families insist their voices be heard, thereby developing collective empowerment; and Civil Society take a public stand against torture and racism in the prison industry.

The Human Rights Coalition has built a strong network of prisoners throughout the Pennsylvania system, and they should be commended for working in partnership with those prisoners standing up to inhumane treatment.  Those prisoners are leaders, not clients.


About Bruce Reilly

Bruce Reilly is the Deputy Director of Voice of the Ex-Offender in New Orleans, LA. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and author of NewJack's Guide to the Big House. Much of his writing can be found on www.Unprison.org.
This entry was posted in Actions, Prison Conditions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to A Report on Torture and Racism in Pennsylvania Prison

  1. Pingback: Unprison 2011-2013 Index | unprison

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s