Winning Smart Justice in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is in the midst of a mass incarceration crisis. 

With 96,000 people behind bars, Pennsylvania has the highest incarceration rate in the Northeast.

When factoring in people who are on probation or parole, Pennsylvania has the second highest rate of incarceration in the country

The Campaign for Smart Justice is working to cut by half the number of incarcerated people in our nation's jails and prisons, and to challenge the racism that plagues the criminal legal system.

In Pennsylvania, we are working to achieve these goals in a number of ways, including: 

  • Reforming probation and parole in the commonwealth | Learn more
  • Holding district attorneys accountable to their constituents and communities | Learn more
  • Ensuring fair sentencing that avoids harsh penalties, racial biases, and the use of problematic sentencing algorithmsLearn more
  • Ending the use of cash bail for pretrial detention | Learn more

With these clear objectives, our work has accelerated since our official campaign launch in June of 2018.

… and the work continues.