Taking a stand against gun violence in the courtroom
CeaseFirePA is building a network of activists to bring the voices of our communities into the courtroom. Concerned community members from across Philadelphia — and more recently, Pittsburgh and the surrounding area — have joined CeaseFirePA in court to observe sentencing hearings in illegal gun possession and trafficking cases. When permitted by the judge, concerned community members testify about how they and their communities have been affected by gun violence. When judges have direct testimony about the community impact of gun crimes, it gives them critical evidence to weigh when imposing a sentence.
Working with our partners in law enforcement, we’re ensuring that (1) community members have a voice in the courtroom; (2) judges know that we are counting on them to enforce the law; and (3) people who threaten our communities with illegal guns face serious consequences for their crimes.
Courtwatch is a way for you to be part of the solution to the plague of gun crime. We hope you will join us and take a stand against gun violence.
To learn more about the sentencing process, check out our Quick Guide to How PA Judges Impose Sentences. If you would like to become a Courtwatch volunteer, click here for a Volunteer Form and check out our Resources for Volunteers.
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