On Mothers Day weekend, the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) held a Mothers Day Rally to Restore Families & Communities and Bring Our Loved Ones Home. A diverse group, including mothers of prisoners, activists and concerned citizens, came out in the rain to deliver a Mothers Day card to District Attorney Seth Williams.
The City of Philadelphia—birthplace of American democracy and the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the U.S.—has sentenced more children to die in prison than anywhere else in the world. Some 500 adults, sentenced as minors, languish behind prison walls.
Recently the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory Juvenile Life without Parole sentences are unconstitutional. While some Pennsylvania municipalities have applied that ruling retroactively and moved quickly to make former juvenile offenders eligible for parole, Philadelphia has not.
CADBI was joined by multiple other organizations and the written statements of affected inmates in its appeal. Communications Director/Spokesperson Cameron Kline met us at the front door.