tag | criminal justice

Lawmakers, educators, prosecutors and more will study Pa.’s juvenile justice issues

Governor Tom Wolf says the goal is to make sure more young offenders leave the criminal system and stay out.

By Katie Meyer

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Gov. Wolf to follow through on plan to close state prison

SCI Retreat, about 10 miles west of Wilkes-Barre, has about 400 employees and about 940 inmates.

By The Associated Press

Pa. moves to close another prison as incarceration rates drop

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections plans to shutter Retreat in light of the state’s rapidly declining inmate population and a $140 million hole in the agency’s budget.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Christians Pray At a Discount: Muslim inmates charged more for religious texts

A PA Post review of county jails' commissaries finds that Muslim inmates meet financial barriers to practicing their religion.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Despite controversial amendments, House passes justice reinvestment bills

The measures now go back to the Senate, where members will vote to concur with, or reject the amendments.
By Katie Meyer

House adds mandatory minimums to high-profile justice reform bills

Many Democrats and some Republicans say mandatory minimum sentences are ineffective and biased against black people. The GOP committee chair says he ‘doesn’t see color.’
By Katie Meyer

‘Incarceration is the new cancer’: Pa. Sen. Camera Bartolotta on her work to revamp criminal justice

Bartolotta’s engagement with criminal-justice issues comes at a time when legislators have worked to advance a raft of legislation meant to help people who get caught up in the system.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

College Behind Bars

Meet the incarcerated men and women enrolled in one of America's most rigorous college programs
By Fred Vigeant