End Death By Incarceration: Scott v. Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Pa
In 2020, Amistad Law Project, along with the Abolitionist Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights, sued the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole on behalf of several people serving life without parole. Our clients did not kill nor intend to kill anyone but during the course of a felony, someone died or was killed by someone else. Under the felony murder rule, they were sentenced to life without parole which we call death by incarceration. It is our assertion that sentencing people to die in prison under the felony murder rule is a cruel punishment under the PA constitution. We believe our clients should have the opportunity to go before the Parole Board and gain their freedom.
Oral arguments in this case happened on February 7th 2021. We await a ruling from the court.