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Cherri Gregg
May 22, 2020 - 3:31 pm
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is gearing up to reopen after nearly two months of a statewide facility lockdown designed to stop the spread of COVID-19. The agency’s strategy corresponds to the statewide reopening plan. Read more here.
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Tony Romeo
May 21, 2020 - 9:25 pm
T he secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections told state senators this past week that the release of some inmates from state prisons during the pandemic is about protecting the community, as well as inmates and staff. Read more here.
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Cherri Gregg
April 15, 2020 - 5:35 pm
The first inmates to have their sentences suspended by an executive order signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf were released Wednesday, but their time out of prison is temporary. Read more here.
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Cherri Gregg
April 02, 2020 - 8:43 pm
City officials reported eight new coronavirus cases in Philadelphia jails in just one day, bringing the total to 20 inmate infections as of Thursday. The announcement comes as more advocates demand answers. Read more here.
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Cherri Gregg
April 01, 2020 - 4:39 pm
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections instituted a system-wide quarantine this week as the number of COVID-19 infections tick up. Read more here.
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Cherri Gregg
August 29, 2019 - 1:45 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has completed its internal review of the parole system, following a string of murders allegedly committed by individuals still under the state's supervision. The 33-page report , released Wednesday, includes a sweeping review...
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An inmate sits in the B wing for the mentally ill at the Sanislaus County Public Safety Center in Modesto, California, on Nov. 18, 2010.
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Pat Loeb
October 15, 2018 - 5:26 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania officials announced the launch of a technical assistance center Monday to help counties reduce the number people with mental illness who are incarcerated. About 20 percent of inmates nationally have a serious mental illness. Pennsylvania Department of...
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Bill Cosby's mugshot upon beginning his sentence with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
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Cherri Gregg
September 26, 2018 - 3:40 pm
SKIPPACK, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Bill Cosby has spent his first night at SCI Phoenix in Montgomery County, where he is expected to remain for his entire three- to 10-year sentence. The new, state-of-the-art facility opened only a couple months ago, but former longtime inmates of Pennsylvania's...
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This is the area of SCI Phoenix cells adjacent to the infirmary where Cosby will live for three to 10 years.
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September 26, 2018 - 10:28 am
By Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press Bill Cosby spent his first night in prison alone, in a single cell near the infirmary, as he began his three-to-10-year sentence for sexual assault. Corrections officials announced Wednesday that Cosby — now known as Inmate No. NN7687 — will...
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Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel
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Paul Kurtz
June 01, 2018 - 2:34 pm
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania correctional officials have formally dedicated the new prison that will replace the Graterford correctional facility. At the moment the history and future of corrections sit right next to each other. But the past will soon be going away. Over the...
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