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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 135: What does the Death By Incarceration bill do?

This bill has been introduced in the Senate but is not law. We at Straight Ahead are fighting for it to become law, as it would essentially eliminate life without parole sentencing. This was written and last updated July of 2021. Bills can sometimes change after being introduced. Here’s what the bill does The bill …

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