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Philadelphia Prison Population on the Rise After Years of Decreases

KYW Newsradio: Pat Loeb - September 25, 2022

Philadelphia's prison population is rising again after years of going down — so much so that incarcerated women have been moved to a different facility to accommodate the increased numbers.

The women have moved from Alternative Special Detention Units to the Philadelphia Industrial Correction Center (PICC), in units isolated from the male population there. Prisons Commissioner Blanche Carney said there are more than 300 women now incarcerated on State Road, an increase of more than 70 from the pre-pandemic population.

"The increase in population made it so that we needed to transfer the women to a larger housing unit area," she said.

No one seems to know why the population is increasing. Carney says it's due to more admissions but she can't say why admissions are up. A police spokesman said he was not aware of an increase in arrests.

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