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13 prison employees suspended in Pennsylvania inmate death

A Corrrections spokeswoman says the suspension of employees over an inmate death is uncommon.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Prisons chief’s comments prompt 2nd prison-closing hearing

People urging Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration not to close Retreat State Prison will get a second chance to be heard.

By The Associated Press

Tension between DOC and prison staff union flares after hot mic comment

Union leaders interpreted Corrections Secretary John Wetzel’s quiet aside at a prison closure hearing as dismissive.
By Katie Meyer

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Parole system could see changes after review of murder cases

An internal review of Pennsylvania’s parole system is, in theory, acknowledging a long-standing complaint of parole agents over a long-term policy shift designed to help more parolees succeed on the outside.

By Marc Levy/The Associated Press

One of Pa.’s prison units is about to go Scandinavian

A group of about a dozen corrections officers recently returned from a trip to Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where they spent several weeks working in prisons. Now, they’re refurbishing a housing unit to try out what they learned.

By Katie Meyer