Blocking Prison Construction With A Makeshift Schoolhouse

Decarcerate PA creates a surreal scene in its effort to impede the construction of a new state correctional facility:

Early morning November 19, seven members of Decarcerate PA set up school desks, banners, and a little red schoolhouse to block the entrance to the prison construction site in Montgomery County. They then sat at the desks, linking arms and refusing to move or allow construction vehicles onto the sight. Construction was delayed for over an hour before all seven protesters were arrested and taken away.

The new prisons are being built on the grounds of SCI Graterford in Montgomery County. If completed, they will cost $400 million and house 4,100 people. We believe these prisons must be stopped, and that the money should be reinvested in our schools and communities.

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2 Responses to Blocking Prison Construction With A Makeshift Schoolhouse

  1. BuzzCoastin December 7, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    > they will cost $400 million and house (jail) 4,100 people

    Ain’t Prison AmeriKKKa Inc LLC great?
    They’re spending almost a $100K a unit for each prisoner.
    Maybe they’re building a cell just for you & me.
    But don’t expect to cash in on a free home unless your a person of color;
    they get first dibs.

  2. thirsty December 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    TThe prisons are crowded with non-violent drug-related offenses, and mostly by minorities, the drugs need to be decriminalized and the system needs cleaned up.

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