August 11, 2020

The PA Department of Corrections is excited to announce the establishment of the Female Transition Unit (FTU) on the grounds of SCI Phoenix. The FTU represents a monumental milestone for the PA Department of Corrections, as well as, our reentry and rehabilitation partn...

August 11, 2020

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August 5, 2020

Generocity: Lulu Obaditch - August 4, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections refuse to confront a deadly crisis. Worse, they promised to take action, but they’re not following through.

On April 10, Governor Wolf signed a repr...

August 3, 2020

CSG Justice Center: Angela Gunter, Hannah Sosland - July 29, 2020

New data analyses from The Council of State Governments Justice Center show that COVID-19 in state prisons is continuing to spread. While states differ in their approaches to testing, containment, and dat...

July 10, 2020

Forbes: Alexandra Sternlicht - July 8, 2020

People in prisons and jails are 5.5 times more likely to get Covid-19 and three times more likely to die from it, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins and UCLA published today in JAMA, putting numbers to disp...

July 6, 2020

Time Magazine: Andrew Welsh-Huggins - July 3, 2020

The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark last month, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic.

At the end...

July 1, 2020

The Progressive: Daniel Munczek Edelman - June 29, 2020

COVID-19 has stricken our nation’s jails and prisons, leading to tens of thousands of sickened inmates and more than 500 deaths. In response, many federal, state and local governments have agreed to release incarce...

June 22, 2020

Keri Blakinger and Keegan Hamilton - The Marshall Project: June 18, 2020

He sounded like he was dying.

That was Sonia Rodriguez’s first thought when her fiancé called her from federal prison near Cleveland. The gravelly voice she had known since high school had turned in...

June 22, 2020

Joseph Shapiro - NPR: June, 15, 2020

Prisons across the country have placed prisoners on lockdown — they're kept in their cells mostly around-the-clock — as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Now prison reformers are worried that the response has increased the...

June 22, 2020

Timothy Williams, Libby Seline and Rebecca Griesbach - The New York Times: June 16, 2020

Cases of the coronavirus in prisons and jails across the United States have soared in recent weeks, even as the overall daily infection rate in the nation has remained rel...

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