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Meet the Anti-Violence expert adovocates want on Jail Oversight Board, by Jordana Rosenfeld, Pittsburgh City Paper, May 4, 2022


29 people died in Philly jails in the pandemic. City officials say they did a 'good job', by Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 19, 2022


Compassion is hard to come by in Pennsylvania's broken prison system , by The Editorial Board, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 2022


Philly prison officials agree to an independent monitor and hiring bonuses to settle class-action lawsuit, by Samantha Melamed, April 12, 2022


Lack of transparency and oversight leave officials, families and media with questions following Allegheny County jail deaths, by Brittany Hailer, PINJ, March 14, 2022


In the absence of information about a jail beating death, a family will sue Philadelphia, by Mensah M. Dean, The Philadelphia Inquirer,  February 28, 2022


County jails are in a staffing crisis. Here's how Bucks County Jail is dealing with it, by Jo Ciavaglia, Bucks County Courier Time, February 24, 2022


Philly City Council has a new district map, but it still doesn't address prison gerrymandering, by Katie Meyer, WHYY, February 11, 2022


Most deaths in Pa. jails went unreported despite rules: 'It is appalling, by Joshua Vaughn, Penn Live, February 9, 2022


Investigation of Dauphin County inmate continues; people concerned about decisions made, by Mark Hall, ABC 27 News, February 7, 2022


Inmates allege York County Prison violating civil liberties amid COVID-19 lockdown, by Matt Enright, York Dispatch, January 31, 2022


Kinsey seeks solutions for problems in Pa. prison system, by Stephen Kinsey, PA House Democrats, January 26, 2022


End prison gerrymandering: Count people in Philly-run jails in their home districts, Abu- Edwards and Claire Shubik-Richards, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 17, 2022


Yet another lawsuit, this time over phone service, targets York County Prison, Matt Enright, York Dispatch, January 17, 2022


One in 10 York Prison Inmates have COVID in latest outbreak, Matt Enright, York Dispatch, January 13, 2022


Panic attacks and 20-hour workdays: Why Philly correctional officers are quitting in droves, By Samantha Melamed, The Philly Inquirer, January 4, 2022


He Went to Jail on Minor Charges. He Left in a Coma, by Tracey Tully, The New York Times, December 28, 2021


Conditions inside Pennsylvania prison believe to have contributed to COVID outbreak that left 1 in 10 inmates sick, By Matt Enright, Tribune Media Services, December 3, 2021


York County's controversial prison trainer is bringing a bone-crushing K-9, by Matt Enright, York Dispatch, November 23, 2021


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 


A Humanitarian Crisis in Philadelphia Prisons, By Felicia Dusha, Juris Magazine, November 15, 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 ,, 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,, 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, 7/3/2013

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