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May 21, 2015, 14:08 ET

Patrone Appointed Corrections' Mental Health Advocate

Department of Corrections Acting Secretary John Wetzel, today, announced the appointment of Lynn Patrone as the head of the DOC's newly-created...

May 07, 2015, 12:14 ET

Recidivism Rates Drop in Pennsylvania State Prison System

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today announced what he called "exciting" statistics on recidivism in the state corrections...

Mar 06, 2015, 13:05 ET

Reprieve Issued for Capital Case Inmate Robert Diamond

Gov. Tom Wolf, yesterday, issued a temporary reprieve of the execution of Robert Diamond, whose execution had been set for March 11, 2015. The...

Feb 02, 2015, 16:20 ET

PA Corrections Department Issues State Intermediate Punishment Progress Report

 Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today announced the release of the DOC's State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) Program 2015...

Jan 28, 2015, 13:33 ET

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Facility First in State to Achieve PREA Compliance

Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel announces that he received notification that the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh...

Sep 22, 2014, 16:06 ET

Pennsylvania Corrections Department Launches Interactive Reentry Resource Map

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today announced the delivery of an interactive reentry resource map that includes information for...

Sep 18, 2014, 17:00 ET

Pennsylvania's Criminal Justice Reforms Highlighted at National Meeting

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel joined state and local leaders from across the nation this week to participate in the Council of...

Mar 03, 2014, 16:31 ET

Corbett Administration Helping Children of Incarcerated Parents

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections today announced that it is making a Sesame Street publication called "Little Children, Big Challenges:...

Feb 24, 2014, 16:30 ET

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Responds to US Department of Justice Findings Following Review of Mental Health Services

 Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division issued the findings of its investigation of the Pennsylvania prison system's...

Feb 10, 2014, 15:53 ET

Pennsylvania Corrections Department Reports Slowest Growth in Inmate Population Since 1971

 Last year, Department of Corrections (DOC) officials reported the first significant decrease in the inmate population since 1971.  At the...

Jan 09, 2014, 09:31 ET

PA Department of Corrections Found to Be in Compliance with Inmate Civil Rights Following SCI Pittsburgh Review

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it has completed its investigation of alleged abuse at the State Correctional Institution...

Dec 23, 2013, 15:15 ET

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Awards Mental Health Services Contract

Contract Utilizes Performance-Based Incentives and Sanctions  MHM Services has been selected to provide mental health services to inmates...

Oct 07, 2013, 15:15 ET

Offender Trauma Study Proves Useful in Corrections Field

 Several hundred Pennsylvania state prison inmates recently participated in a voluntary study by Rutgers University to determine the connection...

Sep 10, 2013, 15:47 ET

Wetzel to Join Executive Session on Community Corrections at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

 Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel will be a member of the new Executive Session on Community Corrections convening...

Aug 29, 2013, 11:00 ET

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and OVA Partner on Inmate Apology Bank

 In April 2012, Pennsylvania's Office of Victim Advocate began a coordinated program with the Department of Corrections called the Inmate...

Jul 26, 2013, 15:39 ET

Department of Corrections Continues to Train Certified Peer Specialists

Offenders Assisting Offenders to Acclimate to Prison Using Positive Coping Skills Officials at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas,...

Jul 03, 2013, 12:53 ET

Crisis Intervention Training for Corrections Employees Working with Mentally Ill Offenders

Department of Corrections officials have trained more than 100 employees in the area of crisis intervention since December 2012, with a goal of...

Jun 21, 2013, 10:24 ET

Gov. Corbett Directs Community Corrections to Help Habitat for Humanity

 Earlier this year, Governor Tom Corbett directed Corrections Secretary John Wetzel to make sure residents of the state's Community Corrections...

May 09, 2013, 15:51 ET

Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel Issues Statement on the Passing of Former Governor George Leader

 Upon learning of the passing of former Governor George Leader, Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said that the thoughts and prayers of this...

May 08, 2013, 10:56 ET

Pennsylvania Corrections Officials Recognize Employee Award Recipients

 Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today led Department of Corrections' officials in honoring 15 employees for their outstanding performance,...