Pennsylvania Prisons May Halt Hiring


(06/11/2014)
In an effort to save money, Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has instituted a department-wide freeze on new hiring, which union representatives are calling a threat to correctional staff safety.

Pennsylvania Correctional Budget Tops $2 Billion


(04/16/2014)
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has requested more than $2 billion in funding for FY 2014-2015, up $77 million from Governor Tom Corbett’s last budget.

The Lineman: John E. Wetzel, Pennsylvania’s New Secretary of Corrections

By: Ahavah Revis
(11/23/2011)
As the commonwealth’s second youngest corrections secretary in history, John E. Wetzel, at 42, brings an unassuming, no-nonsense attitude to his greatest challenge to date: revamping the state’s prison system. Elected by former state attorney general Gov. Tom Corbett (R), Wetzel candidly states that “population is one of our biggest challenges,” and concedes the number of inmates was rising but “we are certainly expecting to reverse that trend,” noting it’s been flat the last year. One projection called for its numbers to reach 58,000 by 2014 and Wetzel said he is working hard to address that.