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Lawsuit: Pennsylvania county jail punishes mentally ill

Four inmates have sued Allegheny County, jail and mental health officials alleging the Pennsylvania facility offers inadequate treatment and medication for inmates with mental health disabilities and often punishes them with extended solitary confinement or excessive force instead of offering treatment.

By Claudia Lauer/The Associated Press

Allegheny County Jail sued in class-action lawsuit as first inmate tests positive for COVID-19

The county announced that an inmate had tested positive for COVID-19, about two weeks after a jail employee was diagnosed with the disease.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

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COVID-19 prompts calls for the release of inmates from Allegheny County Jail

Three prison reform groups said Monday they had sent letters to all of Pennsylvania’s county jails, federal prisons, and immigration detention centers, and to its Department of Corrections.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

Report: Allegheny County Jail population drops 7 percent

The county received funding from the MacArthur Foundation a year ago to reduce the number of inmates by 20 percent in two years.
By An-Li Herring/WESA