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To: Pennsylvania State Governor Tom Wolf

End PA State Prison Lockdown

End PA State Prison Lockdown


Why is this important?

Over 45,000 incarcerated men and women, most of color, have been locked in their cells for the better part of 24 hours a day since August 26th for alleged incidents of "unknown substance" contamination causing correctional officers to become ill. Incidents occurred in specific prisons in western part of the state; these episodes have not been confirmed to be due to any substance. The DOC and the Governor have instituted a knee-jerk reaction without thoroughly doing their due diligence to confirm IF there is a problem. Instead they have locked down the entire state prison system and plan to spend thousands of tax payer dollars to purchase full body scanner machines and implement a mail scanning system. The DOC has not followed federally recommended guidelines for use of personal protective gear to minimize the risk of any substance contamination from handling incoming mail. Use of this gear is effective, provides safety and is cost effective. Locking down the entire prison system because the DOC has not done their job in keeping their staff safe is punishing the wrong people.

How it will be delivered

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Reasons for signing

  • I sing not only because my son is in prison but because standing up is the right thing to do.
  • I signed because My husband is in jail and doesnt do drugs yet he is being treated as if he does, not right. Also I know what its like to go without visitations ( been 2 years ) others shouldn't have to go without this, it causes severe depression
  • I was in prison. I know whay its lime to be locked down. Thats why there are fights and murders after lockdowns


2018-09-06 23:36:21 -0700

1,000 signatures reached

2018-09-06 12:41:34 -0700

500 signatures reached

2018-09-05 09:43:56 -0700

100 signatures reached

2018-09-05 08:42:21 -0700

Check out new DOC plans made public during Gov. Wolf's 9/4 Press Conference:

2018-09-05 08:34:16 -0700

50 signatures reached

2018-09-05 08:17:54 -0700

25 signatures reached

2018-09-05 08:06:27 -0700

10 signatures reached