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Post Traumatic Prison Disorder and the Fight to Heal Our Communities

On November 8, 2021, John L. Buckalew, or Buck, was released from SCI Frackville after serving about ten years in prison. Five months later, on April 13, 2022, two women walking their dog reported to the police that they found a man “sleeping in his car.” When the police arrived, they found 34-year-old Buck dead …

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“Second Chances Don’t Diminish Justice, But Fulfill It”

April is Second Chances Month, and while the state paints “victims” in opposition to second chances for people in prison, a growing network of people identifying as “dual victims” are exposing the lie behind this narrative. Dual victims are people who have lost loved ones to interpersonal violence and mass incarceration. Their lived experiences demonstrate …

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Survivor Justice Network: Families Ending DBI and Building Resiliency Along the Way

By: Mari Morales-Williams It was October 2019. The legislative body of Pennsylvania had just suppressed legislation to end death by incarceration for first and second degree convictions.  In Harrisburg, Jennifer Storm, who headed up the Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) at the time, was celebrating this as a win. Storm was an advocate willing to …

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Unpacking SB 835: Who has a chance at freedom from medical and geriatric parole?

This bill has been introduced in the Senate but is not law. We at Straight Ahead want to see the bill become law, as it would allow the possibility for parole for many older and sick people in prisons, including those who might not be covered by other reform bills. This was written and last …

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ALC fights in the courts. Straight Ahead is taking it to the capitol.

The drive to abolish prisons is at the heart of the Abolitionist Law Center. For years Abolitionist Law Center (ALC) has defended the rights of political prisoners, changed the narratives around justice, and insisted on the inherent violence and racism of the carceral system. ALC has achieved countless wins fighting in the courts and organizing …

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