On October 23rd, the YASP team joined others at the capitol in Harrisburg with the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration to call for healing, redemption and an end to death by incarceration, and lift up the voices of people impacted by violence and the harms of mass incarceration.
On October 17th, in honor of Youth Action Justice Month, YASP held a screening of When They See Us, the Netflix series telling the story of the exonerated Central Park Five. The screening was followed by a powerful panel about the legacy of the Central Park Five case and its impacts on youth in Pennsylvania, which featured YASP leaders William Bentley and David Harrington, Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project co-director Joanna Visser-Adjoian, Abolitionist Law Center organizer Saleem Holbrook, and Philadelphia public defender Michelle Mason.
YASP organizer My Le wrote a powerful and insightful oped that is featured on the PennLive website. The whole YASP team stands behind My in calling Governor Tom Wold to remove all young people from adult courts, jails and prisons. "No one benefits from sending children to adult jails and prisons. The only way that Governor Wold and his Council on Reform can truly protect young people in the justice system is by not only improving conditions in juvenile facilities, but by taking action to ensure that no young person is held in adult jails and prisons." Read more at https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2019/10/children-should-not-be-sent-to-adult-prisons-opinion.html?fbclid=IwAR1HorfZOHjI8PSb8tWKdlPtCmQESVKdKX47qrakWpt7JByVg8oNotgNBK8
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