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Jan 18, 2017, 15:48 ET Notices of Execution Signed for Four Capital Case Inmates

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, today signed Notices of Execution for the execution of the following four inmates:...


Dec 27, 2016, 15:12 ET Year in Review: Secretary Wetzel Outlines Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' 2016 Achievements

Today, Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel outlined the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' most significant achievements of 2016. "With...


Aug 03, 2016, 14:24 ET Pennsylvania Department of Corrections names Tennessee official to lead Community Corrections program

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has named George Little, the former commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections,...


Aug 02, 2016, 10:35 ET Pennsylvania Corrections Department Introduces Interactive Map Showing Numbers of Individuals Admitted to the DOC by Committing County

 One month after releasing an interactive map showing releases by year and county, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has now created...


Jul 15, 2016, 09:39 ET Lamas Appointed Superintendent of SCI Chester

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has appointed Marirosa Lamas as superintendent of the State Correctional Institution at Chester,...


Jul 05, 2016, 09:33 ET Christopher Oppman Named Department of Corrections Deputy Secretary for Administration

After serving in an acting capacity for nearly one year, Christopher H. Oppman has been named Deputy Secretary for Administration for the...


Jun 24, 2016, 13:48 ET Corrections Department Introduces Interactive Map Showing Numbers of Released Inmates by County

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections recently posted to its website a new, interactive map allowing citizens to track the numbers of inmates...


Jun 17, 2016, 15:13 ET Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary Wetzel Participates in White House Substance Abuse Meeting

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel today joined a gathering of top national leaders at the White House for a discussion about...


Jun 15, 2016, 13:05 ET Pennsylvania Inmates Rank Higher than National Average on GED Test

 For the third straight year, inmates in the Pennsylvania state prison system scored higher than the national average on GED high school...


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 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)...


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...