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Pa. state prisons will gradually reopen, with COVID-19 testing for transfers and releases

“What we did has clearly put us in a position where we feel like we can start working back to normal, which is our goal."
By Min Xian/WPSU

Plexiglass barriers, still no in-person visitation: what correctional facilities will start to look like in reopening

The Department of Corrections released a five-stage plan to ease lockdowns in prisons.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Containing COVID-19 outbreak at SCI Huntingdon, preventing spread outside the prison is a “battle”

“As far as disinfecting goes and everything of that nature, they're using everything within their means to do it."
By Tim Lambert and Min Xian/WPSU

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SCI Huntingdon has second-most COVID-19 cases among Pa. state prisons

The Corrections Department said the coronvavirus entered the prison from the community.
By Min Xian/WPSU

Updated: April 10, 2020 | 7:44 pm

Your daily coronavirus update: Wolf suggests Pennsylvania virus cases could surge next week

The plan allows the release of inmates serving time for nonviolent offenses who are within nine months of scheduled release, or within 12 months for those considered at heightened risk from the coronavirus.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press, Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press, Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press and Staff

County prosecutors urge state lawmakers to help decide on freeing inmates

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association considers “a temporary, legislative solution” to be reasonable.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Updated: March 24, 2020 | 2:08 pm

Your afternoon coronavirus update in Pa.: Hospitals, nursing homes warn of closures

The state Department of Health reported more than 200 new cases, with the total to date now exceeding 850.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press, Marc Levy/The Associated Press and Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Corrections officers push state to stop inmate transfers in Pennsylvania

"The counties, the state, let’s just freeze everything until we figure out what’s going on.”
By The Associated Press

State prisons changing inmate intake as part of coronavirus prevention efforts

Starting Saturday, officials will use the State Correctional Institution at Retreat in northeastern Pennsylvania as the reception facility for male inmates.

By Staff

State officials, activists argue over coronavirus in prisons

Although the corrections department maintains there have been no positive cases of the disease, prison reform organizations called on state officials to release inmates from state facilities before a case could spread.

By An-Li Herring/WESA