Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

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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 15, 2020 - 3:14 pm
A 67-year-old inmate at SCI Phoenix in Skippack, who was serving a life sentence, was the first to die from COVID-19 across the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections system. But his lawyers say he was fighting to prove his innocence. Read more here.
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Cherri Gregg
April 13, 2020 - 7:17 pm
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections reported its first coronavirus-related death of an inmate. Meanwhile, Philadelphia courts have been swiftly working to reduce inmate populations in the city's jails. Read the latest 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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Protesters in cars demand low-risk inmates released
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Cherri Gregg
March 30, 2020 - 7:09 pm
Protesters swarmed City Hall on Monday — in their cars, per social-distancing rules — to demand the release of low-level offenders from Philadelphia and state prisons as the coronavirus crisis continues on. Read more here.
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Cherri Gregg
March 19, 2020 - 3:58 pm
Lawyers for a Philadelphia man on death row for a murder he claims he did not commit have filed an emergency motion asking for his release., saying the man is exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus. Read more here.
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Cherri Gregg
March 17, 2020 - 12:18 pm
Three groups have reached out to federal, state, county prison facilities and detention centers demanding more protections for those who are incarcerated in Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more here.
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