Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Dreamstime
Cherri Gregg
March 30, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Civil Rights advocates settled its lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Correction this week over the handling of legal mail to inmates, and the changes will be implemented in coming days. The settlement comes out of a lawsuit filed in October of 2018,...
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A closeup of view of a jail cells iron bars casting shadows on the prison floor
Mike Dougherty
February 22, 2019 - 3:45 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Starting on April 6, letters from lawyers sent to prisoners in Pennsylvania will no longer be scanned and stored at a facility in Florida. The state has reached a settlement with several groups including the ACLU. While some of the details are still being worked out...
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Steve Tawa
December 18, 2018 - 3:40 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio ) -- People who have been complaining for months about the Department of Corrections' mail policy showed up at Governor Wolf's Philadelphia office, to hand-deliver hundreds of holiday cards. As they rally on behalf of loved ones in prison, these folks got creative with...
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KYW Newsradio's community affairs reporter Cherri Gregg interviews representatives from The Center for Returning Citizens on its latest portrait project.
KYW Newsradio
Flashpoint
December 06, 2018 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia nonprofit that works with ex-offenders has teamed up with photographers to provide free holiday portraits for families with loved ones who are incarcerated. "When you are incarcerated, you miss so many family memories," said J. Jondhi Harel, founder of...
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Cherri Gregg
November 24, 2018 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections settled a federal class action this week by agreeing to provide inmates access to an expensive treatment for Hepatitis C. "Hepatitis C is the most serious and deadly viral disease in the United States," said David Rudovsky,...
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Prison
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Cherri Gregg
October 30, 2018 - 1:36 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The ALCU of Pennsylvania and other legal nonprofits have filed two lawsuits against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections over its new policies dealing with lawyer mail. The group is seeking an immediate injunction. The lawsuits challenge policies implemented by...
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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.
Debbie Noda/Modesto Bee/MCT/Sipa USA
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
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
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.
Jim Melwert/KYW Newsradio
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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Cherri Gregg
September 14, 2018 - 8:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is considering legal action against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections after the agency banned shipment of all books to state prisons. Under the new policy mail will be sent to a central facility to be...
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