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FAMM’s #VisitAPrison challenge with trip to SCI Phoenix
COLLEGEVILLE – LinkedIn Corporation and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) officials will tour State Correctional Institution (SCI) Phoenix as part of the FAMM’s #VisitAPrison campaign. “Ninety-five percent of the people in prison today are going to return to their communities, and the best way to ensure that their re-entry is successful is to help them find a job,” said FAMM President Kevin Ring. “We were happy to facilitate this visit and discussion between Pennsylvania’s corrections leaders and LinkedIn employees about how preparing for and finding post-incarceration employment advances public safety.” Ring added, “We are grateful that employees of a major Silicon Valley corporation like LinkedIn’s visited SCI Phoenix and that DOC senior leadership, including Secretary George Little, will join in the visit to help answer questions. We hope that federal and state policymakers – who write and enforce our sentencing and prison laws – will follow LinkedIn’s lead and take the time to visit prisons in their area.” Last evening, the LinkedIn officials met with FAMM members who have loved ones incarcerated in Pennsylvania state prisons to learn how incarceration impacts families and communities.
During today’s tour, LinkedIn will meet with a small group of people serving life without parole sentences.“One important aspect of these visits is to shatter the stereotypes about people serving long sentences,” said Ring. “While they deserve to be held accountable, we have to question Pennsylvania’s sentencing laws that have produced the second highest number of people serving life without parole in the country with no opportunity for redemption.”
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