State Sen. Shirley Kitchen (D-Philadelphia) warns the public that a flyer is circulating through the prison system with erroneous information involving parole eligibility for prisoners with life sentences.
The flyer states “Support Sen. Shirley Kitchen’s bill for parole eligibility for Pennsylvania lifers.” It also states that the flyer was paid for by Mahanoy Residents Betterment Organization.
Although Kitchen is a long-time advocate of alternative sentencing and second chance legislation for non-violent ex-offenders, she has not introduced a measure involving parole eligibility for prisoners with life sentences.
The senator has received numerous letters from prisoners and their families from across Pennsylvania regarding the information on this flyer.
“I want to set the record straight for the prisoners and their families who are receiving this false information because they deserve the truth,” Kitchen said. “I am very concerned about prison overpopulation and ensuring justice for all, but I have not written any legislation involving prisoners with life sentences.
“But rest assured, I am working on second chance legislation that would provide more efficient and effective ways to help non-violent ex-offenders gain post-incarceration employment, rent apartments, obtain mortgages and other opportunities that would improve their quality of life,” she said.