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Fewer people being released from Philly jails as pool of eligible cases shrinks

By the end of last week, 102 county inmates had been released, the lowest total since the emergency order took effect.
By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Staff member at federal prison in Wayne County tests positive for COVID-19

Midstate GOP Congressman Fred Keller has called on the BOP to work within the Justice Department to stop all inmate movements immediately.
By John Beauge/PennLive

‘Extraordinary times’: Advocates call for closure of immigrant detention centers for coronavirus

“There is absolutely no reason they should not shut down the prison.”
By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

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

How to lower prison costs? Secretary advises medical parole.

Pennsylvania sentences a lot of people to life without the possibility of parole. Research has shown their odds of reoffending are low after years of incarceration.
By Katie Meyer

Updated: December 11, 2019 | 3:35 pm

Paying rent to your jailers: Inmates are billed millions of dollars for their stays in Pa. prisons.

Wardens say it teaches financial responsibility, inmates and prison researchers say it’s too burdensome.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

The lieutenant governor wants Pennsylvania to commute more lifers

John Fetterman said in recent administrations, few pardons and commutations have been made. He wants to change that.

By Katie Meyer

State House moves to protect prison guards by cracking down on inmates

Among other things, the measures would impose longer sentences for assaulting guards, and punish inmates for a broader range of crimes.
By Katie Meyer