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What’s happening with COVID-19 in jails?

Most Pa. counties aren't sharing much info about epidemic in their prisons
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

‘They put me in solitary for having oranges’ — Muslim inmates struggle during Ramadan

A lawsuit in Franklin County highlights challenges faced by Muslim inmates during Islam's holy month
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Family members say Franklin County Jail inmates are staging hunger strike over coronavirus concerns

Inmates drafted a letter demanding basic hygiene supplies last Thursday
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Immigrant detainees stage hunger strike at York County Prison

“We are chickens in a chicken coop here — we are like sitting ducks.”
By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Pennsylvania corrections officers, advocates worry a prison coronavirus outbreak is inevitable

As of early Friday evening, there were no reported cases of the coronavirus inside the state prison system, either among those incarcerated or corrections officers.
By Matt McKinney/Spotlight PA

Federal government said it halted prison transfers. They’re still happening

Congressman, corrections union say Bureau of Prisons is putting Pa. communities at risk of coronavirus
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

In solitary for staying true to their faith

Inmates punished for refusing to cut their hair
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Updated: February 25, 2020 | 1:51 pm

His hair is sacred. But to get out of solitary confinement, his jailers say he must cut it off.

A Rastafarian inmate has been in solitary confinement for a year. The jail’s warden said he can get out if he cuts his hair.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Cancer patient sentenced to jail now receiving treatment, family says

Lebanon Co. judge declined a request to resentence Ashley Menser to home confinement
By Joseph Darius Jaafari