PRISON SOCIETY IN THE NEWS

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In Philly prisons, a crisis marked by violence and dismal conditions is worsened by inaction, by The Editorial Board, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 24, 2021

 

Coroner: Prisoner at SCI Camp Hill died by suicide, by Brett Sholtis, WITF, November 22, 2021 

 

York County Prison adopts code of ethics, but critics say it falls short of accountability, York Dispatch, November 11, 2021

 

A 'slippery slope':What does the future hold for York county's prison contract?, by Matt Enright, York Dispatch, November 1, 2021

 

Allegheny County Jail called an "outlier" for its continued '23-and-one' practice, by Brittany Hailer, PINJ, October 28, 2021

 

Dear York County commissioners: You've been told. What happens next is on you, York Dispatch editorial board, York Dispatch, October 24, 2021

 

Seven Days in Solitary, By Roxanne Barnes, Solitary Watch, October 20, 2021

 

York County appears to have second thoughts about $253,000 prison contract after its approval, York Dispatch, October 21, 2021

 

York County commissioners approve, $252,770 contract with controversial jail trainer, by Dylan Segelbaum, York Daily Record, October 20, 2021

 

Kudos to Dauphin County Commissioners for moving to fix what's clearly wrong at its prison, by PennLive Editorial Board, Penn Live, October 17, 2021

 

Unit Unsafe': Inside a week of riots, fires, and destruction at Philly jails, By Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 15, 2021

 

Pa. prison population falls to lowest point in 20 years, By Ron Southwick, Penn Live, October 7, 2021

 

Potter jail board gets advice from Tioga, By Kelly Stemcosky, Potter Leader-Enterprise, October 7, 2021

 

Philly's shockingly inhumane prison conditions| Opinion, by Rebecca Rhynhart, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 6, 2021

 

City officials are investigating an alleged assault on Pa. State Rep. Kevin Boyle in a Philly jail, by Samantha Melamed, The Philadephia Inquirer, September 28, 2021

 

Investigator calls York's Prison trainer 'the Bernie Madoff of correctional consultants', York Dispatch,  September 22, 2021

 

Philadelphia's prison guard shortages lead to dangerous conditions for inmates, staff, by  Maggie Kent, 6abc, September 17, 2021 

 

What we learned about voting in Pennsylvania jails from a new report by Jonathan Lai, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 8, 2021

 

Montco Not Considering Vaccine Mandate For Corrections Staff by Justin Heinze, Patch, August 26, 2021

 

Bucks County orders jail staff to get COVID vaccine or be terminated by Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times, August 24, 2021

 

'We need help’: Video, reports depict violence and ‘riots’ at Philadelphia jails by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 26, 2021

 

Prison Society volunteers sought by Olivia Wilson, Huntingdon Daily News, August 14, 2021

 

Bucks County mulling mandatory COVID vaccines for corrections staff as cases among inmates skyrocket by Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times, August 13, 2021

 

Low reports of prison staff COVID-19 shots leave vulnerability on both sides of the wire by Kelly Powers and Samm Gibbons, York Daily Record, August 12, 2021

 

York County Prison moves closer to 2-year contract with controversial jail contractor by Dylan Segelbaum, York Daily Record, August August 12, 2021

 

Gov. Wolf Tells 25K Pa. Health, Prison Workers: COVID Vaccine or Test by Mark Scolforo and Dan Stamm, NBC10 Philadelphia, August 10, 2021

 

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald Says No Mask Mandate At This Time, Despite Increased COVID-19 Spread from Pittsburgh NPR News Station, August 10, 2021 

 

Gov. Wolf announces vaccine mandate for Pennsylvania state health care workers by Health Khalifa, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 10, 2021

 

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald Says No Mask Mandate At This Time, Despite Increased COVID-19 Spread by Kevin Gavin, WESA, August 10, 2021

 

Two people died in a week in Philly jails. Workers say a staffing crisis is partly to blame by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 30, 2021

 

Switch to new Pa. unemployment system has led to spike in fraud cases, including dozens in the Lehigh Valley, police say  by Anthony Salamone, The Morning Call, July 26, 2021

 

Pennsylvania lawmakers make renewed effort to expand compassionate prison releases, so the elderly and terminally ill don’t have to die behind bars by Lindsay Weber, The Morning Call, July 26, 2021

 

Is Anti-Vax Movement Gaining Traction Among Corrections Staff? by Eva Herscowitz, Center on Media Crime and Justice at John Jay College,  July 12, 2021 

 

Pennsylvania Saw a Spike in Prisoner Deaths During COVID-19 Pandemic by NBC10 Investigators, NBC Philadelphia, July 9, 2021

 

Philly jails are in crisis, and a tactic used during COVID-19 is the solution by The Inquirer Editorial Board, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2021 

 

Most inmates have had their COVID-19 shots — but their guards likely haven’t by Amy Worden, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 4, 2021

 

As COVID recedes in prisons, will any lessons learned stick? by Katie Park, Keri Blakinger, and Claudia Lauer; WRAL, June 30, 2021 

 

Tipping point’: City Controller Rhynhart calls on Philly to hire hundreds more correctional officers by Aaron Moselle, WHYY, June 26, 2021

 

York County Prison contractor used prisoners in provocative promo videos, email shows by Dylan Segelbaum, York Daily Record, June 8, 2021

 

Most Pennsylvanian Adults Have Gotten a COVID vaccine, except in county jails where many are still waiting by Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Times, June 6, 2021  

 

Pa. prisons suspend requirement for inmates to pay for health care by Jan Murphy, PennLive, June 2, 2021

 

Public defender says Philly jails are ‘cruel and callous,’ and violate clients’ rights by Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2, 2021

 

After More Than A Year, Some State Prisons To Allow In-Person Visitors Again by Julia Zenkevich, WESA, May 26, 2021

 

Midstate prisons starting to reopen for in-person visits by Daniel Hamburg, ABC27 News, May 28, 2021

 

In-person visitation to resume at several state prisons, including SCI-Muncy by Melissa Farenish, North Central PA, May 23, 2021

 

PA corrections officer pleads no contest to assaulting Rockview state prison inmate by Bret Pallotto, Centre Daily Times, May 21, 2021

 

Controversial security tactics at York County Prison raise questions about outside contractor by Julia Agos, WITF, May 20, 2021

 

Half of state's adults now fully vaccinated, no new COVID-19 deaths in region by Randy Griffith, Tribune Democrat, May 20, 2021

 

Visitation resumes at 5 Pa. state prison facilities by Megan Guza, Trib Live, May 20, 2021

 

York County pays $120K for controversial 'Navy SEALS'-like jailtrainer. Controversy follows by Dylan Segelbaum, York Daily Record, May 17, 2021

 

Jail inmates begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines by Will DeShong, Bedford Gazette, May 1, 2021

 

Judge denies ‘compassionate release’ plea of dying Pa. prison inmate who murdered Steelton man in 1974 by Matt Miller, PENN Live Patriot News, April 16, 2021

 

Prisons postpone vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson shots paused by Erin Schumaker, ABC News April 16, 2021

 

Philly’s Gun Violence Solutions Are Locked Up in Prison With the Souls Who Researched and Created Them by Diane A Sears, Good Men Project, April 10, 2021

 

Why do people keep mysteriously dying after entering Dauphin County Prison? | Opinion by PENN Live Editorial Board, PENN Live Patriot News, April 9, 2021

 

‘A turning point’: Thousands in Pa. prisons will be offered COVID-19 vaccine by Joseph Jafaari, Spotlight PA, April 8, 2021

 

Protest planned at Dauphin County prison where at least 22 inmates have died since 2009 by Jenna Wise, PENN Live Patriot News, April 1, 2021

 

The Philly jail unit where a man was killed was left unsupervised for hours, records show by Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 30, 2021 

 

America’s Rural-Jail-Death Problem by Katie Rose Quandt, The Atlantic, March 29, 2021

 

Questions swirl after Philly man’s murder on prison grounds; correctional officers call on commissioner to resign by Aaron Moselle, WHYY, March 22, 2021

 

Inmate Mental Health: The other public  health crisis in Pa.’s prisons and jails | Opinion by Jill McCorkel, Pennsylvania Capital-Star,  March 17, 2021

 

Her uncle, an inmate at Camp Hill prison, had been hospitalized with COVID-19. She had no idea. by Ivey DeJesus, PENN Live - Patriot News, March 10, 2021

 

Grand jury report: Palmer had five contacts with police prior to prison by Liz Evans Scolforo, York Dispatch, March 9, 2021

 

Amid Camp Hill prison COVID-19 outbreak, corrections union urges Pa. to vaccinate staff by Ivey DeJesus, PENN Live - Patriot News, March 4, 2021

 

Some in favor, some upset over $25 incentive for some inmates to receive COVID-19 vaccine by Nicole Fuschino, 6WJAC, February 26, 2021

 

New Massachusetts Rules Would Eliminate Handwritten Letters in Prison by Ella Frassler, Truthout, February 25, 2021

 

Physical Mail Could Be Eliminated at Federal Prisons by Marcia Brown and David Dayen, The American Prospect, February 24, 2021

 

COVID lays bare our treatment of inmates by Pennsylvania USA Today Network Editorial Board, Courier Times, February 22, 2021

 

COVID-19: Faulty Video Service Disrupts Valuable Visitation Time in Pennsylvania’s Prisons by Jesse Bunch, Philadelphia Neighborhoods, February 17, 2021

 

COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Incentive Program Offers Inmates $25 To Get Vaccinated Against Coronavirus by Meghan Schiller, CBS Pittsburgh,  February 17, 2021

 

Push For Greater Arizona Prison Oversight Led By Formerly Incarcerated People, Families by Jimmy Jenkins, 91.5 KJZZ, February 17, 2021

 

A call for accuracy and safety: State should release more prisoners in pandemic by The Editorial Board, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February, 17, 2021

 

Pa.’s second-degree murder charge is outdated, unfair, Fetterman says by Jana Benscoter, PENN Live - Patriot News, February 12, 2021

 

The Impact of Covid-19 Inside of the Pennsylvania Prison System by Gregory Muhammad, The Final Call. February 9, 2021

 

Amid harsh winter for the pandemic, advocates, lawmakers pressure Wolf to release more from state prison by Elizabeth Harrison, Pennsylvania Capital-Star,  February 9, 2021

 

COVID surge in Bucks and Montgomery jails: Why it matters to you  by Jo Ciavaglia, The Bucks County Courier Times, February 5, 2021

 

With 13,000 infected, 100 dead of COVID-19 in Pa. prisons, advocates urge faster releases, by Samantha Melamed, the Philadelphia Inquirer, February 3, 2021

 

Man Recommended For Prison Release Dies Waiting For Pennsylvania Governor's Sign-Off, by Joshua Vaughn, The Appeal, February 1, 2021

 

Confronted with significant flaws in coronavirus data, Pa. corrections officials concede 'it's unacceptable' by Joseph Darius Jaafari, Spotlight PA, The Investigator Newsletter, January 29, 2021

 

Prison guards, inmates lack vaccine access as COVID-19 rages at SCI Forest by Brett Sholtis, WITF, January 28, 2021

 

Interviews with Dr. Tracey Conti, president at PA Academy of Family Physicians; and Claire Shubik-Richards, executive director at PA Prison Society by PCN, January 27, 2021

 

COVID is ravaging the incarcerated. Where are the solutions? by  Lynette Hazelton, Generocity, January 22, 2021

 

Pa. prisons don’t always tell families when inmates are sick  by Joseph Darius Jaafari, Spotlight PA, The Investigator Newsletter, January 18, 2021

 

Cut the number of Lehigh County Jail inmates following COVID death, controller says  by Sarah Cassi, Lehigh Valley Live, January 13, 2021

 

Anonymous donor aides Prison Society’s efforts by Phil Ray, Altoona Mirror, January 9, 2021

 

Centre County Correctional Facility temporarily halts inmate acceptance due to COVID-19 by Bret Pallotto, Centre Daily Times, January 8, 2021

 

Pa. Senate Democrats discuss impact of COVID-19 in state prison system by Kate Sweigart, ABC27 News, January 7, 2021

 

Coronavirus raging through Pa. and Lehigh Valley prisons, infecting guards as well as inmates by Christina Tatu and Leif Greiss, The Morning Call, January 2, 2021

 

Pennsylvania prisons’ unreliable COVID data hides the true extent of the crisis  by The Inquirer Editorial Board, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 29, 2020

 

Inmate advocates, prison staff question conditions inside Philadelphia correctional facilities  by Michael D’Onofrio, The Philadelphia Tribune, December 22, 2020

 

An inmate died of the coronavirus, but Pa. corrections never told his family by Joseph Darius Jaafari, Spotlight PA, December 18, 2020

 

COVID-19 imposes a new death sentence in Pa. prisons  by The Inquirer Editorial Board, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 18, 2020

 

State-run psychiatric hospital can’t recruit enough workers as Pa. risks violating federal requirements  by Ed Mahon, Spotlight PA, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 16, 2020

 

Pike jail neglects inmates’ urgent medical needs, relative says   by Frances Ruth Harris, Pike County Courier, December 9, 2020

 

COVID-19’s fall surge hitting Pennsylvania prisons too by Aaron Moselle, The Philadelphia Tribune, November 21, 2020

 

Pennsylvania prisons face a deadly ‘full-blown resurgence’ of COVID-19 by Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 12, 2020

 

Serious COVID-19 outbreak threatens hundreds at Pa. prison for medically vulnerable by Joseph Darius Jaafari, Spotlight PA, The Investigator Newsletter, November 11, 2020

 

Autopsy results released in two recent deaths of Dauphin County Prison inmates by Rachel Yonkunas, Fox43, October 14, 2020

 

COVID has temporarily locked down a state prison, causing a backup of inmates at Philly-area jails by Vinny Vella, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 9, 2020

 

State prisons in Pa. have kept their COVID-19 numbers low, but advocates say there are still issues by Joseph Darius Jaafari, Spotlight PA, The Investigator Newsletter, October 1, 2020

 

FOX43 Reveals: Prisons under pandemic lockdown by Rachel Yonkunas, Fox43, September 24, 2020

 

Two independent investigations at Dauphin Co. Prison prompt activists to shed light on other issues facing inmates by Rachel Yonkunas, Fox43, September 9, 2020

 

Lawsuit over Philly jails’ pandemic response alleges grim conditions, 24-hour lockdowns by Samantha Melamed, the Philadelphia Inquirer, September 1, 2020

 

Review of COVID-19’s effect on communities of color largely ignores Pa. inmates

by Joseph Darius Jaafari, Spotlight PA, August 23, 2020

 

Media funders gave $750,000 to latest grantees of its Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund

by Sophie Burkholder, The Philadelphia Inquirer,  August 22, 2020

 

Harrisburg City Council holds third Town Hall for public comment on Bill 8

by Harri Leigh, Fox43, August 18, 2020

 

A judge let a terminally ill killer from Philly leave prison to die at home. The victim’s daughter calls it a miscarriage of justice by Mensah M. Dean, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 2020

 

What's happening with COVID -19 in jails? by Gant Team, Gant News, August 5, 2020

 

State lawmaker exploring legislation to expand county-level prison oversight by Mark Hall, ABC 27 News, August 4, 2020

 

Harrisburg legislator wants citizen oversight of Dauphin County prison by Christine Vendel, PennLive News, August 3, 2020

 

As state prisons ease coronavirus-related restrictions, county detainees remain in lockdowns by Joseph Darius Jaafari, PA Post, July 16, 2020

 

For 25 cents a minute, Lehigh County Jail inmates can now connect with family via video amid coronavirus quarantine by Laurie Mason Schroeder, The Morning Call, July 14, 2020

 

‘A protest movement’: How Phila. bail funds are challenging the existing cash bail system by Komal Patel, The Daily Pennsylvanian, June 14, 2020

 

Why Gov. Tom Wolf’s big effort to grant coronavirus reprieves to Pa. inmates came up small by Joseph Darius Jaafari and Matt McKinney, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, June 11, 2020

 

Pa. advocates: Emergency efforts to release people from state prisons moving too slowly by Aaron Moselle, The Philadelphia Tribune, May 27, 2020

 

How Centre County Correctional Facility has adjusted amid the coronavirus pandemic by Christina Baker, The Daily Collegian, May 25, 2020

 

Pennsylvania prisons to begin lifting lock downs without universal testing by Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 22, 2020

 

With thousands of Pa. prisoners in near-solitary confinement, how long can coronavirus lockdown last? by Matt McKinney, Spotlight PA, May 15, 2020

 

Pennsylvania has too many people in prison | Opinion by John Hargreaves, Penn Live, May 14, 2020

 

Wolf announced a temporary reprieve program. Fewer than 150 prisoners have been released. by Dylan Segalbaum, York Daily Record, May 8, 2020

 

COVID-19 is ravaging Philly jails. But efforts to curb the spread are slow by Jason N. Peters, Philadelphia Weekly, May 6, 2020

 

DA, Chief Defender praise state prison release program, urge governor to go further by Donald Hunt, The Philadelphia Tribune, April 13, 2020

 

Prisons and the coronavirus is the topic of today’s Coronavirus Q & A on Facebook Live by Joyce M Davis, Penn Live, April 10, 2020

‘I Don’t Want to Die in Here’: As Coronavirus Spreads, Fear Grips Philadelphia PrisonsNBC10, April 11, 2020

 

Cumberland County seeks to cut prison population; current inmate count preventing COVID-19 mitigation by Zack Hoopes, Daily American, April 9, 2020

 

‘Really blessed:’ Man thankful to be out of York County Prison due to coronavirus concerns by Dylan Segalbaum, Evening Sun, April 6, 2020

 

Pa. Supreme Court refuses to order blanket release of prison inmates due to coronavirus by Matt Miller, Penn Live, April  3, 2020

 

Erie County Prison population reduced by more than 100 by Madeleine O'Neill, Go Erie, April 3, 2020

 

State Supreme Court shoots down ACLU petition that sought the mass release of county jail inmates amid coronavirus pandemic by Laurie Mason Schroeder, The Morning Call, April 3, 2020

 

Philadelphia jails report 8 new coronavirus cases in one day, taking total to 20 inmate infections by Cherri Gregg, KYW NewsRadio, April 2, 2020

 

Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board won't meet Thursday by Kate Giammarise, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, April 1, 2020

 

ACLU files emergency petition to have some prisoners released amid COVID-19 pandemic, advocates push back by Alex Peterson, ABC 27 News, March 31, 2020

 

Trump declares disaster as Wolf shuts schools indefinitelyPittsburgh Action News, March 31, 2020

 

Pennsylvania corrections officers, advocates worry a prison coronavirus outbreak is inevitable by Matt McKinney, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 27, 2020

 

Prisons and jails in Pennsylvania halt visits in light of virus by Kate Giammarise, Post Gazette, March 16, 2020

 

Little public scrutiny of 104 suicides behind walls of PA county jails by John Finnerty, The Daily Item, March 14, 2020

 

Pa. Corrections Dept. takes steps to stop spread of coronavirus at prisons by Joseph Darius Jaafari, PA Post, March 12, 2020

 

How should Centre County’s jail, others across Pa. allow children to visit with inmate parents? by Bret Pallotto, Centre Daily Times, March 9, 2020

 

Federal commission highlights harms and civil rights violations for women in prison by Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 26, 2020

 

Pennsylvania County Jail Contact Survey by Jeff, Dad's Resource Center, February 18, 2020

 

Chester County Commissioners Establish Transition Team by MyChesCo, MyChesCo, February 14, 2020

 

PA Lawmakers Advocate for Solitary Confinement Reform by Cody Carlson, WENY News, February 3, 2020

 

‘A form of torture’: Lawmakers, advocates seek to reduce use of solitary confinement by Elizabeth Hardison, The Philadelphia Tribune, February 3, 2020

 

Free our Youth by Jessica Press, The Philadelphia Citizen, January 27, 2020

 

Pa. corrections chief says smarter probation system would reduce prison population by Ron Southwick, Penn Live, January 16, 2020

 

Inmates voice concerns about medical treatment at women's state prisons by Mike Tony, Herald Standard, December 30, 2019

 

Crack v. heroin: Pennsylvania no exception to racial double standard of drug prevention by Mariana Veloso, Hanover Evening Sun, December 17, 2019

 

For families and the incarcerated, the holidays are ‘devastating’ by Joseph Darius Jaafari, PA Post, November 25, 2019

 

Rural, urban Pennsylvanians join together to address criminal justice reform by Rachel McDevitt, WITF, November 21, 2019

 

Bringing Light to the Insideby Corinne Steinbrenne, Boston University School of Law

 

Prison oversight group has valid reason to question how inmate deaths are classified in Pennsylvania by Penn Live Editorial Board, Penn Live, November 11, 2019

 

This is about using our budget dollars wisely’: Pa. Corrections Dept. establishes new guidelines for former inmates seeking help by Elizabeth Hardison, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, October 29, 2019

 

Trans prisoner was pepper sprayed and says he was invasively searched at Philly’s female jail by Pranshu Verma, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 23, 2019

 

Building consensus on incarceration reduction Gettysburg Times, October 22, 2019

 

SURF Recipient Deciphers Prison Data by Yana Ilieva, Medium, October 11, 2019

 

Lt. governor urges non-violent marijuana offenders to apply for pardon by Alex Peterson, ABC 27, September 26, 2019

 

No more 3 a.m. breakfasts: Changes are underway at Dauphin County Prison by Sean Sauro, Penn Live, September 11, 2019

 

After inmate’s death, activist’s arrest, community members distrustful of prison officials, law enforcement by Sean Sauro, Penn Live, September 09, 2019

 

Staffing levels at Pennsylvania's prisons unsafe, union warns by John Finnerty, The Herald, September 8, 2019

 

Declining inmate numbers, budget crunch spurs prison closing by John Finnerty, New Castle News, September 7, 2019

 

Pennsylvania inmates and correctional officers share a common pain: suicide by Elizabeth Harden, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, August 13, 2019

 

Each night, Philly jails release scores of inmates without returning their IDs, cash or phones by Pranshu Verma, The Philadelphia Inquirer,

August 12, 2019

 

Karen Kane: Judge Cashman failed in jail oversight by Karen Kane, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, August 9, 2019

 

U.S. Prisons Need a Board of Visitors by Michelle Jones, Medium, August 8, 2019

 

Pennsylvania on pace for worst year in a generation for suicides in state prisons by Sam Ruland, York Daily Record, June 27, 2019

 

Grant aims to reduce incarceration in Adams, Gettysburg Times, June 7, 2019

 

The last death-row inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary returns after 50 years in prison by  Samantha Melamed, The Inquirer, June 6, 2019

 

Pa. House bill introduced aimed at fixing parole, probation by  John N. Mitchell, The Philadelphia Tribune, May 30, 2019

 

An ignored and unseen crisis in American prisons and jails by  Kevin Ring, Washington Examiner, May 29, 2019

 

Students issue grants to six local organizations by  Bill Shannon , WTAJ, May 20, 2019

 

Let’s Make It Easier for Kids to Visit Incarcerated Parents by  Jamie Joyce, The Marshall Project, May 10, 2019

 

The Mail: Dignity Behind Bars letter by Claire Shubik Richards, The New Yorker, May 5, 2019

 

County prison suicides and Human Service's top budget issues by Merideth Bucher, WITF, March 4, 2019

 

81 Pa. county jail suicides in 4 years: A look at how jails report deaths by Ed Mahon, PA Post, February 28, 2019

 

Chili dinner to benefit the Centre County chapter of the PA Prison Society, Centre Daily Times, February 12, 2019

 

County jail board weighs paying expert in curbing suicides by Kate Giammarise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 7, 2019

 

What would Benjamin Franklin think of today’s criminal justice? | Opinion by Bill Keller, The Inquirer, January 4, 2019

 

Sharing meals brings families together, even in prison. Doing without has strained ties. by Samantha Melamed, The Inquirer, January 3, 2019

 

In 2019, let’s make sure incarcerated Pennsylvanians have the family contact they need and deserve | Opinion by  Claire Shubik-Richards, The Inquirer, January 2, 2019

 

Centre Foundation Awards $57,000 in Grants to Community Organizations , StateCollege.com, December 6, 2018

 

‘It’s just cruel’: Families of inmates protest Gov. Tom Wolf at Christmas ceremony by  Wallace McKelvey, Penn Live, December 6, 2018

 

Is This What Prison Mail Looks Like Now? by Mia Armstrong, Slate, December 5, 2018

 

Philly band Nothing is doing something about the criminal justice system by Kristen Balderas, The Inquirer, October 4, 2018

 

Are Pa. prisons’ drug screenings plagued by false positives? by Samantha Melamed, The Inquirer, October 3, 2018

 

Delco residents, pols take aim at private county prison in public hearing by Vinny Vella, The Inquirer, September 30, 2018

 

No showers or mail: This is what the Pennsylvania prison lockdown was like for inmates by Rashon Solice, Generocity, September 20, 2018

 

Q&A: Dominic Palermo of Nothing, ahead of the band's Friday show at RecordBar by Aaron Rhodes, The Pitch, September 12, 2018

 

After 14 years in prison, ex-offender fills out his first resume - and hopes by Tommy Rowan, The Inquirer, June 12, 2018

 

Can the rural prison economy survive the era of decarceration? by Samantha Melamed, The Inquirer, June 7, 2018

 

Need for mental health court by Carroll P. Osgood, The Express, May 30, 2018

 

Sex offender: 'I am not a monster' by Kendra Nichols, ABC 27, May 15, 2018

 

Area woman honored by state prison society by Kayla Handy, Huntingdon Daily News, May 14, 2018

 

'I felt like a caged animal.' Pa. Woman Claims Jail Illegally Shackled Her During Labor by Samantha Melamed, The Inquirer, May 10, 2018

 

Not Going Home Might Be Key in Keeping Former Prisoners Free, New Pennsylvania Study Says by Debra Erdley, Trib Live, April 8, 2018

 

Letter: Remember prisoners who need hygiene products by Charissa McFall, Star Gazette, April 6, 2018

 

Man Accused of Defacing Rizzo Statue Gets Community Service by Julie Shaw, The Inquirer, March 28, 2018

 

Why Do 80% of Dauphin County Inmates End Up Behind Bars Again? by Christine Vendel, Penn Live, March 20, 2018

 

Morality of the Death Penalty by Marina Boyle, The Merciad, March 20, 2018

 

Was Graterford Inmate on Suicide Watch When He Took His Life? Superintendent is Out, But Answers Scarce By Samantha Melamed, The Inquirer, March 15, 2018

 

Doylestown Church to Host Humane Prisons Advocate, The Intelligencer, March 1, 2018

 

Coard: Jay-Z Right About Meek Mill's Judge by Michael Coard, The Philadelphia Tribune, November 11, 2017

 

Prisons, Nonprofits Coach Juvenile Lifers to Rejoin Society by Adam Geller, The Associated Press, October 30, 2017  

 

Prison Board to Review Inmate Phone Charges by Kay Stephens, Altoona Mirror, August 18, 2017

 

Pennsylvania Training Mentally Ill Inmates to Help Others on the Cellblock by Katie Colaneri, Newsworks, August 3, 2017

 

Allegheny County Jail Officials Decide Not to Tell Family Members about Inmate's Assault by Shelly Bradbury, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, August 3, 2017

 

After Life Without Parole: 2 Held for Decades Now Savor Their Freedom by Adam Geller and Sharon Cohen, The Morning Call, August 1, 2017

 

Women Lifers, Locked Away as Children, Taste Freedom by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 28, 2017.

 

Can This Group of Former Offenders Swing the Philly DA Race? by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 10, 2017.

SCI Fayette Program Preps Inmates for Productive Life After Prison by Michael Walton, Trib Live, May 6, 2017.

Pennsylvania Prison Society Turns 230 by Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 2, 2017

Kutztown Forum: Incarceration Puts Families in Crisis by Ron Devlin, Reading Eagle, March 25, 2017

Pa. State House Considers Bill to Restore Mandatory Minimum Sentences by Kim Glovas, CBS Philadelphia, March 24, 2017

28 Organizations That Empower Black Communities by Zahara Hill, The Huffington Post – Black Voices, February 17, 2017

Julia G. Hall, 87, Professor and Leader in Criminal Justice by Bonnie L. Cook, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2017

Could This One Simple Idea Stop the Revolving Door to Prison? by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 14, 2017

Politics as Usual: State Senate Hearing Set on Prison Closings by Steve Esack & Laura Olson, The Morning Call, January 21, 2017

Beyond Bars: Moving out of Prison, into Hope by Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 15, 2017

Food Loaves Dropped from the Menu in PA State Prisons by Jan Murphy, Penn Live, November 25, 2016

Letters: Visits Help Everyone by Ann Schwartzman, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 23, 2016

Allegheny County Officials Say Jail Health Care Is Improving by Kate Giammarise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 12, 2016


Ramen on the Rise in Pennsylvania State Prison by Madeline Kennedy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 11, 2016

 

Breaking Down Myths About Ex-Offenders, Voting Rights by Ryanne Persinger, The Philadelphia Tribune, September 10, 2016

Newsmaker: Marion Damick by Aaron Aupperlee, Trib Live, September 10, 2016

She's Still Fighting for Her Brother, Sentenced to Life at 16 Years Old by Robin Young, WBur, July 26, 2016


Pennsylvania Inmate Who Has Been Held in Solitary Confinement for Nearly 37 Years Files Lawsuit by David Boroff, New York Daily News, June 15, 2016


Prison Replacing Graterford Is Cause for Concern from Jewish Community by Jim Melwert, KWY, June 29, 2016


With Commutation, the Window to Freedom Opens a Crack for Lifers in PA by Laura Benshoff, Keystone Crossroads, May 31, 2016

Pennsylvania Prison Society Celebrates 229th Anniversary by Kim Glovas, Philadelphia News, May 19, 2016


Centre County Recognized for Helping Released Prisoners Succeed by Maria Canales, Centre Daily Times, May 12, 2016

 

With Help, Pa. Lifers Now Have a Fighting Chance at Clemency by Samantha Melamed, Philly News,  May 11, 2016

Mother's Day Rally to Abolish Death by Incarceration for Youth! by Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration, YouTube, May 6, 2016

Philadelphia Exploring Reforms to 'Outmoded' Bail System by Michael Tanenbaum, Philly Voice, December 3, 2015

 

Sending a Card to an Inmate? What's on the Outside Matters by Jan Murphy, Patriot-News (Harrisburg), November 23, 2015

 

Society: Blair County Prison Must Add Workers by Phil Ray, Altoona Mirror, November 22, 2015

 

Should Pennsylvania Reconsider Life in Prison without Parole? by Riley Yates, The Morning Call, November 14, 2015

 

Pa. State Prisons Transform Mental Health Care, but Is It Working? by Daniel Simmons-Ritchie, Patriot-News (Harrisburg), November 6, 2015

 

As City Jail Deaths Rise, Will Reforms Help? by Dana DiFillippo, Philadelphia Daily News, November 4, 2015

 

Councilman Jones: 'They Have to Work Somewhere':  6,000 Inmates to Reenter Society by Pat Loeb and Kim Glovas, CBS Philly, October 30, 2015

 

Area Lawyers and Reform Advocates Hail Obama's Move on Prison Overcrowding by Jan Murphy, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 7, 2015

 

Not Just Bread and Water: A Look at Pa.'s $61.8M Prison Food Program by Jan Murphy, Patriot-News (Harrisburg), October 6, 2015

 

Letter to the Editor by Angus Love and Ann Schwartzman, Philadelphia Daily News, September 24, 2015

 

Pa. Prisons Overhaul Policies for Transgender Inmates by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 24, 2015

 

Prison Reform Advocates See Ideas Become More Accepted by Elizabeth Eisenstadt-Evans, Lancaster Online, September 7, 2015

 

Centre County Jail Earns Praise from Prison Society Reps by Jeremy Hartley, Centre Daily Times, July 21, 2015

 

Prisoner Advocacy Group Looks Toward Pope's Visit to Philadelphia Prison With Hope by Kristen Johanson, CBS Philly, June 30, 2015

 

State Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Criminal Records by Nicole C. Brambila, Reading Eagle, June 24, 2015

 

Legislators Host 'Real Talk' on Prison Reform by Samaria Bailey, The Philadelphia Tribune, May 26, 2015

 

Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk by Christopher Zoukis, The Huffington Post, February 19, 2015

 

Politicians React to Wolf's Death Penalty Moratorium by Larry Miller, The Philadelphia Tribune, February 19, 2015

Wolf Right on Death Penalty moratorium by Ann Schwartzman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 18, 2015

 

A 'Yelp' for Former Prisoners Aims to Reinvent Reentry Next City by Christopher Moraff, Next City, January 20, 2015

 

Want to Save Money, Gov.-elect Wolf? You Can Start by Trimming Prison Costs by Angus Love and Ann Schwartzman, The Patriot-News  (Harrisburg), January 13, 2015

 

Deal Aims to End Solitary Confinement for Seriously Mentally Ill Prisoners in Pa. by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 6, 2015

 

Groups Say Fly Ash Near State Prison in Fayette County Causing Health Problems by Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, September 2, 2014

 

Letters Extra: Murals Promoting Quality of Life by Ann Schwartzman, Philly.com, April 28, 2014

 

Prison Society Volunteer from New Hope Aids Women Serving Life by Freda R. Savana, The Intelligence, April 21, 2014

 

Aid for Imprisoned Mothers Stalled in Legislature by Christopher Moraff, The Philadelphia Tribune, April 20, 2014

 

IUP Chapter of Prison Society Hosting Discussion on Wednesday by The Indiana Gazette, April 20, 2014

 

Prison Employees Help Released Offenders Find Work by Andrew Carr, The Sentinel, April 14, 2014

 

Philly Prisons to Try Video Visits for Inmates by Holly Otterbein, NewsWorks, April 7, 2014

 

Helping Hands: Prison Society Volunteers Provide Visits to Inmates by Gert Aron, Centre Daily Times, 10/2/2013

Pennsylvania Prison Society by Dianne Frazee-Walker, Prison Education.com, 7/3/2013

State Prison Society Celebrates 225 years by Josh Brokaw, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, 5/4/2013

 

Pennsylvania Anti-Recidivism Program Gets Stopgap Funding from State by Cherri Gregg, CBS Philly, 11/19/12

A Second Life for Philadelphia Program that Offers Second Chances by Tom MacDonald, NewsWorks, 11/19/12

Dear Abby: Repeat Offender is Ready Now to Try New Path to Good Job, Philly.com, 10/11/12

Justice Isn't Simple by William DiMascio, Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/18/12

 

Justice? Pennsylvania Is Set to Execute Its First Prisoner Since 1999 by William DiMascio, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg), 9/17/12

 

Prison Society Celebrates 225th Anniversary by Phil Ray, Altoona Mirror, 8/30/12

Justice Is Not About Vengeance by William DiMascio, Delaware County Daily Times, 7/17/12

City Beat by Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia City Paper, 7/5/12

Supreme Court Ruling Should Give Pa. Sentencing Back to the Judges by William DiMascio, Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/29/12

Does Corbett Know That ReNew Program for Ex-Cons Pays for Itself? by Stu Bykofsky, Philadelphia Daily News, 6/25/12

Critical Re-entry Program to End by Larry Miller, Philadelphia Tribune, 6/21/12

Pa. Funding Cut is Bad News for Philadelphia Program for Former Prisoners by David Madden, CBS Philly/NewsRadio 1060, 6/15/12

Pennsylvania the Unmerciful by William DiMascio, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/13/12

Program Offers Young Offenders a Different Path by Joseph A. Slobodzian, Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/22/12

DA Announces New Program to Keep Drug Offenders from Jail by Alex Wigglesworth, Metro, 3/22/12

The Choice is Yours Diversionary Program, Philly DA: A New Day/A New DA, 3/21/12

What Can We Learn from the Joint State Government Commission? by Scott LaMar WITF, Harrisburg, 3/12/12

Bill Gives Voice to Kids of Jailed Parents by Gary Weckselblatt, The Ingelligencer, 3/7/12

Children with Parents in Prison by Kirk Wilson, CBS 21, Harrisburg, 3/6/12

Helping Children of Jailed Parents by Ann Schwartzman and Kathleen Creamer, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/17/12

Miss America Fights for Kids With Parents in Prison by Tony West, Philadelphia Public Record, 2/16/12

Over 95,000 Children in Pennsylvania Have a Parent in Prison , Pittsburgh Urban Media, 2/13/12

Miss America Lauren Kaeppeler, Lawmakers Look to Ease Hurt for Children of Jailed Parents by Alexandra Wigglesworth, Metro Philadelphia, 2/10/12

Miss America Advocates for Children, like Her, With Incarcerated Parents by Kim Glovas, CBS Philly, 2/10/12

Lawmakers Advocate for Inmates' Children by Larry Miller, Philadelphia Tribune, 2/9/12

Children of Incarcerated Parents Bear the Brunt by Erika Beras, 90.5 FM Pittsburgh, 2/9/12

State Prison Society Volunteers Needed for More Inmates by Barbara R. Price, Centre Daily Times, 1/25/12

Many Reasons Suggest Ending Death Penalty by James P. Bond, Pocono Record, 11/24/11

Lackawanna County Prison Found Deficient in Annual State Inspections, Pocono Record, 11/5/11

Watchdog Group's Study Includes Lackawanna County Prison by Erin L. Nissley, Scranton Times-Tribune, 11/3/11

Prison Isn't About the Hard Cell. Incarceration Should Lead to Rehabilitation, by Ian O'Donnell, The Sunday Times (UK), 10/30/11

Texas Prison Expert Offers Advice to Reduce Costs in PA by Donald Gilliland, The Patriot-News (Harrisburg), 9/27/11

Half of Pa.'s Inmates are Rejailed Within 5 Years by Mensah M. Dean, Philadelphia Daily News, 7/05/11

 

 

Jo Ciavaglia