The Campaign for Meaningful Commutation aims to raise awareness about and restore the commutation process in Pennsylvania. Commutation is one of the only ways people sentenced to life without parole have a second chance. We also strive to support friends and families serving life sentences in PA through the commutation process.
Nancy Sponeybarger was
21 when she arrived to work as a counselor at Pennsylvania’s State
Correctional Institution at Muncy. The year was 1971. “I was fresh out
of college and I thought I was going to change the world,” she says and
laughs. “Yeah, right.”
According to a summary in the proposed
budget, Pennsylvania pays $30,248 per year to lock up an inmate. Health
care costs account for $4,505 per inmate per year. In contrast,
Pennsylvania spends $13,343 per child in school ($4,952 of that in state
funds, the rest from federal sources and local property tax revenue).