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Web Site Launched to Critically Examine the State of Pennsylvania’s Prison System
by Moniem A. El-Ganayni & Haroon A. Al-Qahtani Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 at 4:36 PM
editor@pa-doc-monitor.org (email address validated) (412) 334-2698 P.O. Box 9071, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Pittsburgh, PA – August 20, 2007 – The PA DOC Monitor has launched, a project dedicated to critically examining the current state of Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections. The PA DOC monitor will feature news, editorials, and critical analysis of Pennsylvania’s DOC, and the American prison system in general. Content is produced by PA DOC Monitor staff members in addition to inmates and their families, activists, academics, and current or former DOC staff members or administrators.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Moniem A. El-Ganayni & Haroon A. Al-Qahtani
Center for Civil Liberties and Justice
P.O. Box 9071
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone: (412) 334-2698
http://pa-doc-monitor.org
editor@pa-doc-monitor.org

Web Site Launched to Critically Examine the State of Pennsylvania’s Prison System

Pittsburgh, PA – August 20, 2007 – The PA DOC Monitor has launched, a project dedicated to critically examining the current state of Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections. The PA DOC monitor will feature news, editorials, and critical analysis of Pennsylvania’s DOC, and the American prison system in general. Content is produced by PA DOC Monitor staff members in addition to inmates and their families, activists, academics, and current or former DOC staff members or administrators.

The PA DOC Monitor will address the failures of the current prison system and search for solutions that not only punish wrongdoing, but also rehabilitate criminals. Through its parent organization, The Center for Civil Liberties and Justice (CCLJ), the PA DOC Monitor has established a prisoner outreach program, a grassroots effort to educate and guide prisoners to success. This is accomplished through one-to-one correspondence, distribution of literature, and moral guidance.

The CCLJ advocates the creation of outside national and state boards to oversee the PA DOC. These boards should be composed of national leaders, professional practitioners, civic and social reformers, and academics. These boards would not be directly involved in the operational or day-to-day affairs of any institution. However, they would provide great insight, shape the policy, and indirectly ensure the successful achievement of national goals. These steps are necessary for any serious attempt to reform state and federal departments of corrections. They will ensure that these monstrous, closed, and dysfunctional bodies, where problems are solved either by lies or by phony statistics, are on a path to fulfill their mission. It is the responsibility of the American people to question the prison system, the elected officials who are overseeing the system, and the administrators who design and run this system.

For more information about the PA DOC Monitor, or to submit content visit:

http://pa-doc-monitor.org

Or contact us by postal mail:

PA DOC Monitor
c/o Center for Civil Liberties and Justice
P.O. Box 9071
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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