PRISON SOCIETY IN THE NEWS

by Claire Shubik-Richards, The New Yorker, May 5, 2019

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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

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

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