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Prison staff shortages in Pa., elsewhere take toll on guards, incarcerated people | Analysis

BY: - September 27, 2022

In Pa., the corrections officers' union has called on lawmakers to take action to address a looming shortage.

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Pa.’s state prison staffing crisis shows no sign of ending | Opinion

BY: - September 15, 2022

It's time for lawmakers to come together to address the problem. Lives are on the line.

New report paints mixed picture of recidivism in Pa. prisons | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 1, 2022

Most people who are released from custody return within three years; officials stress progress. 

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An image of SCI-Greene, the state prison in Greene County, Pa. (Pa. Corrections Department photo).

Hunger strike to protest solitary confinement at SWPa. prison continues | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 24, 2022

Incarcerated people at the state prison in Greene County have been on strike since June 7.

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Pa.’s $5 prison co-pay helps no one. Eliminate it | Opinion

BY: - June 14, 2022

Incarcerated people are the only group of individuals with a constitutional right to healthcare 

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After dropping early in the pandemic, jail populations are rising again | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 12, 2022

COVID-19 cases, not actual policy changes, drove the temporary reduction, according to new research.

Prison violence punishes LBT women, and it can kill

BY: - January 9, 2022

Trans and nonbinary prisoners are often isolated and targeted.

Pa.’s long-serving prisons chief, John E. Wetzel, is leaving, Wolf admin says

BY: - September 13, 2021

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.

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Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2021

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

BY: - August 10, 2021

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

BY: - July 2, 2021

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

BY: - May 26, 2021

(*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 […]