Pa.’s long-serving prisons chief, John E. Wetzel, is leaving, Wolf admin says
Wetzel, whose work to reform the state's sprawling and expensive prison system, won him plaudits, told the Capital-Star that he plans to open a criminal justice nonprofit in February.
Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion
People are aging and dying in prison, withering away to nothing with no chance of ever returning to the free world
State hospital, prison employees must be vaccinated or face weekly COVID tests under new policy
Starting Sept. 7, if workers in these facilities do not get vaccinated, they must take weekly tests for the virus. The tests will be at no cost to the employee, and will mostly take place on site, the administration said.
Pa. state prison inmates mount hunger strike, calling for end to solitary confinement
The hunger strike is in response to what advocates call inhumane torture in solitary confinement
McClinton calls for safeguards against prison gerrymandering in Pa. legislative maps
(*This story was updated at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday 5/26/21 to include comment from House Republicans, and to reflect that G. Reynolds Clark no longer works at the University of Pittsburgh and that Robert Byer did not donate to President Donald Trump.) Potentially upsetting decades of precedent that has aided rural, white Pennsylvanians at the […]
Report: Pa. has 2nd highest number of people in U.S. serving life without parole | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Black Pennsylvanians are 21 times more likely to be sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder than white people, research found.
The Pa. Corrections Department shouldn’t renew its contract with Smart Communications. This is why | Opinion
The DOC could institute less draconian measures that would prevent the introduction of drugs into prisons while allowing incarcerated people to receive their mail.
Former Philly prosecutor Seth Williams finds second act teaching former offenders, others
Williams says he believes the center is tailor-made for his skills in the aftermath of his Icarus-like fall from his high-powered position.
Gov. Wolf can — and must — save the lives of our incarcerated loved ones | Opinion
During a pandemic, prisons are deadly. The nature of confinement makes it almost impossible for people to practice social distancing
Amid harsh winter for the pandemic, advocates, lawmakers pressure Wolf to release more from state prison
Thirty Democratic members of the state House and Senate wrote to Wolf on Monday urging him to use reprieve powers to cull the state’s prison population.
Philadelphia inmates could be among first groups to get COVID-19 vaccine
Inmates fall into Phase 1 of the city’s vaccine distribution plan, which includes front-line workers in hospitals and nursing homes, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said Tuesday. Inmates live in confined and shared spaces where it is difficult to social distance.
Advocates launch hunger strike to force Wolf to release inmates to slow COVID spread
In a May 28 letter, Free People Strike called on Wolf to release 1,800 individuals eligible for release under an April 10 reprieve order Wolf signed to help aid the Department of Corrections in qualifying individuals for transfer or home confinement amid COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons.