The Challenge & Opportunity
On any given day, 62,000 Pennsylvanians are incarcerated in state prisons and county jails. Incarceration in Pennsylvania increased 400 percent since 1980 while the crime rate has gone down. Twenty-five percent of incarcerated people in Pennsylvania have not been convicted of a crime—they are deprived of their liberty and housed in prisons while they await trial. Lack of access to health care, degradation and isolation are some of the issues people in prison face. Many people leave jail worse off than when they entered. For 240 years, the Pennsylvania Prison Society has led the nation in calling for a just and humane criminal justice system.
As Pennsylvania’s independent prison monitor, we work to stop abuse and trauma. Every month, more than 300 incarcerated people and their families ask the Society for help with issues they face inside prison. Written into Pennsylvania law, Society staff and volunteers respond to these complaints by going into correctional facilities, meeting with incarcerated people, and providing real-time information on prison conditions. We are the only organization in the state that provides public witness to what happens behind prison walls.
We are hiring two Regional Organizers—one for Western Pennsylvania, and one for Eastern Pennsylvania—to support and grow this work. You will serve as the Prison Society’s primary liaison in the region, interfacing with volunteer chapters, prison administrations, local authorities, and allied organizations. This will require regular travel and excellent interpersonal skills. Working with the Prison Monitoring Director, you will assess the Prison Society’s regional capacity and develop and implement a strategic approach to improve the quality of our work and our impact.
Deadline to apply is November 14, 2021, midnight
To apply, click here.