Holiday card campaign to Gov. Wolf calls for repeal of Pa.'s new prison mail policy

December 13, 2018

December 12, 2018, Sara Hoover - WHYY

 

An annual card-making event in Philadelphia was filled with holiday cheer, but some people were crafting greetings they say are meant for “a big, bad Wolf.”

 [A grinch Governor Wolf appears on a flyer inviting Philadelphians to create holiday cards to send to Governor Wolf asking him to end a DOC policy that doesn’t allow families to send cards of photos to incarcerated family members. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)]

 

Those cards are going to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to protest the Department of Corrections’ new mail policy.

 

Dozens of community members and families worked on holiday cards at the Village of Arts & Humanities in North Philadelphia on Germantown Ave. Some cards are the equivalent of a lump of coal to show the governor they’re upset that state inmates are just getting scanned copies of their mail — after the originals go through a facility in Florida.

 

“I hope you get the touch and feel the originality of this card because my loved one won’t, due to your policy for incarcerated men and women,” said Faith Bartley, reading from her card.

 

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