Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Seeks to Refurbish Mental Health Care

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is looking to make changes within their detention facilities for the well-being of mentally ill or unstable inmates.

Pennsylvania Passes Prison Reform

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 100 into law on July 9, 2012, after unanimous approval in both chambers of the legislature.

Major Project Getting Closer to the Finish Line in Pennsylvania

By Torrey Sims
At the time of the contract award, the new State Correctional Institution at Benner Township in Bellefonte, Pa., was the largest correctional

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

By: Ahavah Revis
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.

Pennsylvania Crime Agency Awarded

A special advisory committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has received a prestigious national award for its efforts to help individuals with mental health needs that are involved in the criminal justice system.

Pa. Returns Out Of State Inmates

HARRISBURG, Pa. — After spending over a year in Michigan prisons to relieve overcrowding, about 1,100 Pennsylvania inmates have been brought back to their home state, according to Pennsylvania officials.

Federal Courthouse Shelved in Pennsylvania

LANCASTER, Pa. — The federal government has canceled the $27 million courthouse project it was planning for Lancaster, according to recently published procurement records.

Officials Approve Pa. Courthouse Project

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Construction could begin later this year on a $2 million renovation project on court facilities in downtown Chambersburg.

Pa. Lawmakers Calling For Fewer Prisons

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pennsylvania needs to stop building new prisons, lower its inmate population by using alternative sentencing options for nonviolent offenders and reverse a trend that has tripled its per-inmate spending over the past three decades, according to Auditor General Jack Wagner.

Pa. Prison To Renegotiate Health Contract

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — With plans to build a county prerelease center no longer on the table, Schuylkill County commissioners gave County Administrator Mark Scarbinsky approval during a recent prison board meeting to renegotiate a multi-year contract between the county and Harrisburg-based Prime Care Medical Inc.