Philadelphia Department of Prisons

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Pat Loeb
May 19, 2020 - 4:05 pm
Philadelphia will test its entire prison population for COVID-19, now that more test kits have become available. Read more here.
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Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley
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KYW Staff
April 23, 2020 - 4:53 pm
Although the city is making progress, Philadelphia officials say it isn’t even close to the requirements the governor has outlined for lifting stay-at-home measures to fight the coronavirus. 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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KYW Staff
April 14, 2020 - 4:28 pm
Philadelphia has reported its first coronavirus-related death among inmates in city jails. Read more here.
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SCI Phoenix
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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 09, 2020 - 7:54 pm
Philadelphia officials reported 61 coronavirus cases in Philadelphia jails — and three people have recovered — but advocates believe the situation is getting worse, not better, based on inmate testimony. Read more here.
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Local 159’s Eric Hill says prison officials gave officers a thin, one ply, face mask made of cotton.
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Cherri Gregg
April 08, 2020 - 4:00 am
A corrections officers' union leader is calling for more transparency concerning COVID-19 infections among staff in Philadelphia prisons. The call comes as inmate infections nears 60. 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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The Transformation Yoga Project offers yoga classes to inmates.
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Pat Loeb
October 07, 2018 - 10:32 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Yoga classes have been popping up everywhere in Philadelphia — in parks, on piers, outside City Hall. But perhaps the most unusual spot is inside the city's prison system, though given the mental, as well as physical, benefits attributed to yoga, there may be no place...
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