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Police and prison guards demand compliance. That only makes situations worse for people with serious mental illness in Pa.

Use of force reports from Bucks County jail offer a glimpse into a criminal justice system unequipped to deal with people who may be having a crisis.

By Brett Sholtis

What’s happening with COVID-19 in jails?

Most Pa. counties aren't sharing much info about epidemic in their prisons
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Tired of the politics, a press conference is sidelined by its audience

A state legislator’s unveiling of a prison reform measure is overtaken by frustrated crowd demanding concrete changes in policing and criminal justice
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

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As state prisons ease coronavirus-related restrictions, county detainees remain in lockdowns

In spite of mass releases by counties to allow social distancing, some inmates still remain in solitary-like conditions
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Five days after inmates speak out, woman with severe mental illness gets moved from Bucks County jail

Kimberly Stringer was transferred from the jail to a state psychiatric hospital after inmates’ claims about mistreatment and ‘horrific’ conditions became public.

By Brett Sholtis

Crowded conditions, close contact behind bars complicate public health challenge

County jails and courts vary in their responses to coronavirus outbreak
By Joseph Darius Jaafari


81 Pa. county jail suicides in 4 years: A look at how jails report deaths

The number of attempted suicides that counties reported increased last year.

By Ed Mahon