Rights of Incarcerated Parents

State Representatives Summer Lee and Rick Krajewski are hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the rights of incarcerated parents. 

The hearing will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 19 and can be viewed at the link below or on the Policy Committee's Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. 



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Virtual Hearing: Rights of Incarcerated Parents

(March 9, 2021)

A virtual hearing on the rights of incarcerated parents. Read more



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Krajewski and Lee to discuss incarcerated parents’ rights at Friday’s Policy subcommittee hearing

(March 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Reps. Rick Krajewski and Summer Lee will host a virtual hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People where the rights of incarcerated parents will be the focus. Read more

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Krajewski: Dignity and forward thinking needed with approaches for incarcerated parents

(March 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted a roundtable discussion focusing on incarcerated parents and the impact of incarceration on families. Led by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler, state Reps. Rick Krajewski and Summer Lee facilitated the meaningful discussion bringing together advocates and formerly incarcerated individuals to discuss ways to best serve our communities and the families impacted by the criminal legal system. “The trauma of family separation impacts the children and families of those incarcerated, and specifically the parent-child bond, as well as the whole community,” Fiedler said. “Those impacts are immediate and severe and they are deep and long-lasting. We deserve a legal system centered on people- and community-focused models of care that operate with transparency and accountability. We must take steps to a better future for our families.” "We live in a society that doesn’t exercise humanity when we look at or talk about incarcerated people," Krajewski said. "So often, we forget that these people have family members who are trying to carry on while they are incarcerated, often including children who are especially vulnerable.” Lee added, “We sometimes lose how incarceration impacts so much more than just the individual. Entire families and Read more

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We’ve lived the pain of separation from incarcerated loved ones. Pa. can do better for families. | Opinion

(May 25, 2021)

When a family is separated because a parent is incarcerated, the emotional toll on children is lasting. COVID-19 has made it worse because corrections departments across the country have had to discontinue visits, leaving family and loved ones without opportunities to visit for over a year. Read more



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Dignity for Incarcerated Parents - Testimony

(March 19, 2021)

Rep. Krajewski hosts a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on dignity for incarcerated parents. Read more