Action Alert – PA Parole Board Must Grant Janet and Janine Africa Parole -The Political Prisoner Working Group supports the MOVE Family and there demands.

On Saturday, June 16, MOVE member Debbie Africa was released on parole from State Correctional Institution (SCI) Cambridge Springs after 39 years and 10 months of incarceration.
Fellow MOVE members Janet and Janine Africa, however, were denied parole despite having virtually identical Department of Corrections records as Debbie.
Janet, Janine, and Debbie all:
– Have gone more than 20 years without a misconduct for any rule violation
– Were recommended for parole by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
– Were recommended for parole by former PA DOC Secretary Martin Horn
– Were recommended for parole by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
– It is beyond dispute that Debbie, Janet and Janine present zero threat to public safety
The Parole Board has denied them the opportunity to return home based on unlawful factors. Claiming the two minimized the offense and did not express remorse, the Board ignored the only relevant assessment under Pennsylvania law: that the two do not present a threat to public safety.
The Parole Board also lied, claiming that Janet and Janine received the negative recommendation of the prosecuting attorney, when in truth Philadelphia’s District Attorney, Larry Krasner, recommended all three women – Debbie, Janet, and Janine – for parole, his office stating that it “was “confident” that Janet and Janine “will not pose a threat to the Philadelphia community” and that their “continued incarceration does not make our city safer.”
Take Action – Call the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons and Parole
Chairman Leo Dunn:
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole: 717-787-5699 – Ask for Chairman Leo Dunn’s office
Send Email message: ra-pbppopc@pa.gov
Talking Points:
– Janet and Janine have not had any rule violation in more than 20 years
– Each has the support of the DOC, former DOC Secretary and nationally-renowned corrections expert Martin Horn, and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
– Janet and Janine do not present a threat to public safety and should be released just like Debbie
– The Board must stop making political decisions in the MOVE cases: when judged on their record in the DOC and community support Janet and Janine have a right to be released
Demand:
– That Leo Dunn agree to have the Board reconsider its denial
– Grant Janet and Janine Africa release on parole

Comment (1)

  1. InaCat

    don’t see why the Africas should express remorse for the city burning them out of their home.but I get why that’s the best excuse the city can come up with for continuing to hold them.

    I remember those years with the clarity of a child whose folks made damned sure I knew what was happening around me- yes, they were loud, if folks had spoken up that firmly in 2016, we might not have a louse in the white house.

    but I wonder where we’d be as a city if they’d let urban gardening get a foot in the door back in the 70’s, instead of harassing them over and over and over again.

    because, at the end of the day, that’s what the city did – burned out a family who wanted to grow food in the city, and stop relying on what could be brought in, because they knew the system was going to fail them over and over again.

    thank you for this, it reminds me my dad would have wanted me to tell the parole board that they’re not doing right, and now I’ve got the phone number.

    July 1, 2018 at 11:23 am

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