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Groups rally to release youth from Philly Juvenile Center in light of COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - May 18, 2020

Those assembled called on city Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, and local courts to halt admissions and institute a timely process to release those youths in detention. 

In its first meeting in two months, Allegheny County jail board tackles the outbreak behind bars

BY: - May 8, 2020

Incarcerated individuals at the Allegheny County Jail won’t get universal testing, they will be getting $50 in their accounts.

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The state Legislature received masks made by prisoners — but it’s unclear who used them

BY: - April 24, 2020

The 200 masks lawmakers received are just a fraction of a fraction of the 311,193 masks inmates have produced as of last week.

Life on hold: How the COVID-19 pandemic derailed Pennsylvania’s pardons board

BY: - April 20, 2020

This spring was supposed to kick off a banner year for Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, the five-member panel that can cut short sentences for prisoners serving life in prison. 

Posthumously innocent? The first prisoner to die of COVID-19 in Pa. was hard at work trying to clear his name

BY: - April 15, 2020

(*Updated at 5:01 p.m. to correct comments by Jane Roh, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Roh could not confirm that Sutton’s conviction was also being reviewed by its internal Conviction Integrity Unit, which investigates legitimate claims of innocence and wrongful conviction.) By the time Rudolph Sutton died last weekend in a Montgomery […]

Philly DA, chief defender praise state prison release program, urge Wolf to go further

BY: - April 14, 2020

Prisoners qualifying for a Wolf administration executive order could start being released as soon as Tuesday, officials said.

COVID-19 in Pa.: State prisons report first fatality, testing reaches 1 percent of population

BY: - April 13, 2020

The inmate was a 67 year-old African-American man serving a life sentence at SCI-Phoenix in Montgomery County. He died Saturday, officials said.

Wolf issues executive order to thin state prison populations amid COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - April 10, 2020

The announcement comes after legislation to reduce prison populations stalled in the state House and Senate, where lawmakers could not agree on conditions for release or which inmates deserved eligibility.

NAACP suing state for prison gerrymandering

BY: - February 29, 2020

They argue in their civil lawsuit, which was filed in Commonwealth Court on Thursday by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Ballard Spahr, that it’s illegal for Pennsylvania to count prisoners as residents of the counties where they are incarcerated rather than the county where they were living before they were incarcerated.

‘A form of torture’: Lawmakers, advocates seek to reduce use of solitary confinement

BY: - February 3, 2020

Calling the practice torturous and degrading, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers, clergy and prison reform advocates gathered in the state Capitol Monday to call for new laws limiting solitary confinement of prisoners across the state. The event took place the same day that advocates erected an 8×12 foot solitary confinement cell in the Capitol. Outfitted […]