Prisons

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David Madden
May 31, 2020 - 4:00 am
New Jersey’s highest court is reviewing a request from the American Civil Liberties Union that could set more inmates in state prisons free because of the pandemic. Read more here.
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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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Eastern State Penitentiary
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John McDevitt
May 02, 2020 - 11:45 am
COVID-19 inside prisons and the pandemic's impact on our criminal justice system are among the topics covered in new programming at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Fairmount. Read more here.
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Gov. Phil Murphy
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KYW Staff
May 01, 2020 - 1:28 pm
As New Jersey prepares to open parks and golf courses this weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy is pleading with people to comply with the new rules. Read the latest 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 16, 2020 - 4:07 pm
Three inmates incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center at Seventh and Arch streets in Philadelphia have filed a class action lawsuit — t hey want to be temporarily released during the coronavirus crisis. 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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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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