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Second Looks, Second Chances for Pennsylvania Lifers: Commutation by the Numbers

1.5 substantive credits in PA, IL, CT, 2.0 substantive credits in NY, NJ, FL

The Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law invites you to a screening of “Second Looks, Second Chances for Pennsylvania Lifers: Commutation by the Numbers” which was produced in collaboration with Lifers, Inc. at Graterford and the Pennsylvania Prison Society. This screening is co-sponsored by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Lifers Incorporated and the Pennsylvania Prison Society, in conjunction with the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law, offers for your review a white paper on Parole Eligibility Education Initiative.

In Pennsylvania, life means life without the possibility of parole or “death by incarceration.” Executive commutations offer long-serving rehabilitated lifers hope and Pennsylvanians the possibility of tax revenue being better spent on education and drug treatment. In the past 20 years, only 8 commutations have been granted. There are more than 5,000 lifers in Pennsylvania prisons.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including commutees Steve Blackburn and Tyrone Werts and Ellen Melchiondo of the Women Lifers Resume Project.


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