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Hunger strike ends at Pa. prison; organizers proclaim it a success

BY: - July 6, 2021

The hunger strike by more than 20 incarcerated men at State Correctional Institution-Phoenix in Montgomery County over prolonged solitary confinement is now over.

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Inmate Mental Health: The other public  health crisis in Pa.’s prisons and jails | Opinion

BY: - March 17, 2021

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania prisons and jails and alleviating mental health crises are not mutually exclusive projects.

Amid harsh winter for the pandemic, advocates, lawmakers pressure Wolf to release more from state prison

BY: - February 9, 2021

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.

Inmates sue Allegheny County Jail, alleging inadequate mental health care and ‘dehumanizing’ conditions

BY: - September 15, 2020

The lawsuit contends that jail staff have used tasers, pepper spray, and restraint chains for inmates requesting mental health care.

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New study: Amid pandemic, jail releases for Black youth lag white youth | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 13, 2020

"One of every three young people in detention on June 1 would not have been in detention if the release rate had stayed at its March level," the report concluded.

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Without comprehensive testing, detention facilities will become epicenters of the pandemic | Opinion

BY: - May 21, 2020

More than 20,000 people in detention have been infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and more than 300 have died from their infection.

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.

COVID-19 Outbreak: Inmate advocate group calls for ‘Decarceration’ of Allegheny County Jail

BY: - March 16, 2020

By Charlie Deitch PITTSBURGH — An alliance of elected officials and other organizations led by the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration, a statewide advocacy group for individuals in lockup, is calling for the “decarceration” of the Allegheny County Jail in light of the COVID-19 virus. While drastic steps have been taken to slow the […]

‘This is about using our budget dollars wisely’: Pa. Corrections Dept. establishes new guidelines for former inmates seeking help

BY: - October 29, 2019

The state spent $18 million on those services in the fiscal year that ended on June 30. It hopes to shave that figure down this year by $2 million.

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Why are private prisons controversial? 3 questions answered | Analysis

BY: - September 30, 2019

Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.

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SCI-Retreat Closing: Prisons should never be a community’s economic development strategy | Opinion

BY: - September 13, 2019

There are better ways to maintain and boost a region’s economy than through incarcerating human beings. Pa. needs to think creatively.

Pennsylvania moves to close Luzerne County state prison, as state lawmakers voice opposition

BY: - August 29, 2019

SCI Retreat currently holds 1,100 incarcerated people and employs 400 corrections officers and prison staff, according to the department.