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May 19, 2016, 15:39 ET Notice of Execution Signed for George Hitcho Jr.

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed a Notice of Execution setting July 1, 2016, for the execution of George Hitcho...


May 17, 2016, 14:54 ET PA Department of Corrections highlights facility aimed at helping those with serious mental illness transition from prison to society

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on Tuesday gave an overview of mental health services...


May 02, 2016, 10:00 ET Pennsylvania Corrections Department Reaches Milestone in Crisis Intervention Team Training

 Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced that 1,000 prison staff members have received Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)...


Apr 01, 2016, 09:01 ET BetaGov Helping Pennsylvania Corrections Department Turn Ideas into Policy

 In November 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) launched a department-wide initiative to examine its policies and practices...


Mar 14, 2016, 15:35 ET Notices of Execution Signed for Two Inmates

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed Notices of Execution for the following inmates: Inmate Name Date of...


Feb 26, 2016, 16:09 ET PA State Officials Push for Pre-K Education Funding

 Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today joined state and local officials at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy to push...


Jan 27, 2016, 16:27 ET Notices of Execution Signed for Three Inmates

 Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed Notices of Execution for the following inmates: Inmate Name  Date...


Jan 06, 2016, 10:00 ET Pennsylvania Department of Corrections: Government That Works

 In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, under the leadership of Secretary John Wetzel, completed several initiatives in keeping...


Dec 31, 2015, 10:52 ET Pennsylvania Corrections Department Solicits Applications to Divert "Short Min" Offenders

 Pennsylvania Department of Corrections officials, today, announced a funding solicitation totaling $1.5 million for county government...


Dec 22, 2015, 14:22 ET SCI Huntingdon to Provide Meals to Huntingdon County Prison

 Beginning in January 1, 2016, the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Huntingdon will provide Huntingdon County Prison with inmate and...


Dec 16, 2015, 13:24 ET Reprieve Issued for Capital Case Inmate Antyane Robinson

 Gov. Tom Wolf, today, issued a temporary reprieve of the execution of Antyane Robinson, whose execution had been set for December 18,...


Dec 04, 2015, 13:45 ET Pennsylvania Corrections Employee to be Recognized by National Association

 Earlier this year, the American Jail Association -- as part of its 35th anniversary celebration -- accepted nominations for young industry...


Dec 02, 2015, 16:24 ET Notice of Execution Signed for Gerald Watkins

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed a Notice of Execution setting January 19, 2016, for the execution of...


Dec 02, 2015, 16:16 ET Notice of Execution Signed for Andre Staton

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed a Notice of Execution setting January 22, 2016, for the execution of Andre...


Dec 02, 2015, 14:00 ET Pennsylvania DOC's Bucklen Receives National Practitioner Research Award

Dr. Kristofer "Bret" Bucklen, director of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' Bureau of Planning, Research & Statistics, recently was...


Nov 01, 2015, 14:59 ET Two Inmates Escape from Quehanna Boot Camp in Pennsylvania

 At approximately 12:50 p.m. on November 1, 2015, two inmates, each serving flat 24-month State Intermediate Punishment sentences, escaped from...


Oct 07, 2015, 15:03 ET Reprieve Issued for Capital Case Inmate Michael Ballard

Gov. Tom Wolf, today, issued a temporary reprieve of the execution of Michael Ballard, whose execution had been set for October 19, 2015. The...


Sep 29, 2015, 13:22 ET Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel Presented with AWEC Legacy Award

 Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel recently was presented with the Association of Women Executives in Corrections' (AWEC) Legacy...


Aug 26, 2015, 14:47 ET Notice of Execution Signed for Michael Eric Ballard

 Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed a Notice of Execution setting October 19, 2015, for the execution of Michael...


Aug 25, 2015, 11:12 ET Performance-Based Contracts Continue to Positively Affect Recidivism

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, released information about the performance of community corrections center...


Jul 30, 2015, 15:08 ET Notice of Execution Signed for Rasheed Simpson

 Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed a Notice of Execution setting Sept. 18, 2015, for the execution of Rasheed...


Jul 15, 2015, 14:16 ET Notices of Execution Signed for Maurice Patterson, Hector Morales and Herbert Blakeney

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed three Notices of Execution setting the dates of execution for three inmates. ...


Jun 29, 2015, 17:07 ET SCI Graterford Recognized for Project Involving Brain Injury Assessment in Offenders

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced that his agency, earlier today, received The Organization Award from the Brain Injury...


Jun 25, 2015, 13:01 ET Notice of Execution Signed for Jakeem Lydell Towles

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, signed a Notice of Execution setting Aug. 11, 2015, for the execution of Jakeem Lydell...


Jun 23, 2015, 14:02 ET Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Meets Aggressive Goal for Mental Health Training

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today, announced that the agency has completed an aggressive initiative to train every employee in...