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Plexiglass barriers, still no in-person visitation: what correctional facilities will start to look like in reopening

The Department of Corrections released a five-stage plan to ease lockdowns in prisons.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Pa. state prison system turning to video chats to keep people connected during pandemic

The program is part of a larger plan designed to better connect people in prison with their family and friends on the outside during the coronavirus pandemic.
By Aaron Moselle/WHYY


Pa. moves to close another prison as incarceration rates drop

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections plans to shutter Retreat in light of the state’s rapidly declining inmate population and a $140 million hole in the agency’s budget.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY


Pennsylvania will stop keeping death-row inmates in indefinite solitary confinement

They’ll now get at least 42½ hours per week out of their cell, and will be allowed to eat and attend religious services with other inmates.  
By Katie Meyer

Parole system could see changes after review of murder cases

An internal review of Pennsylvania’s parole system is, in theory, acknowledging a long-standing complaint of parole agents over a long-term policy shift designed to help more parolees succeed on the outside.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

One of Pa.’s prison units is about to go Scandinavian

A group of about a dozen corrections officers recently returned from a trip to Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where they spent several weeks working in prisons. Now, they’re refurbishing a housing unit to try out what they learned.

By Katie Meyer

Corrections secretary cautions against ‘knee jerk’ reaction after parolee murders

Five onetime state inmates have killed six people since May. It’s unclear if there’s a pattern.
By Katie Meyer

Inmates at state prisons are getting a new way to receive photos

"It's still industry being involved in communication... always going to give us pause. But it's still a win for so many people."
By Katie Meyer
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