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Pa. offering ‘safe return’ to some parolees who have violated supervision rules

As long as they don’t have any outstanding arrest warrants for new charges, they’ll likely return home afterwards.
By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Midstate probation office head sentenced for stealing house arrest money

The Attorney General’s office says Jimmie Cortelyou, 41, changed the way Northumberland County counted and deposited house arrest funds in the attempt to pad his personal account.

By Staff

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How to lower prison costs? Secretary advises medical parole.

Pennsylvania sentences a lot of people to life without the possibility of parole. Research has shown their odds of reoffending are low after years of incarceration.
By Katie Meyer/WITF

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

Updated: 2019-09-18 15:19:15

A chance of freedom? New bill could release 1,000 people sentenced to life in Pa. prisons

For more than 40 years, life sentences in Pennsylvania have only come one way: without the possibility of parole.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Episode 43: Without parole

If someone takes part in a crime—say, a robbery—in which someone dies, they can be handed a life sentence even if they didn’t kill anyone. And Pennsylvania locks people up for life at a higher rate than any other state.

By Katie Meyer/WITF

Department of Corrections recommends changes to monitoring parolees after recent homicides

Internal report following a string of killings allegedly by people out on parole
By Brett Sholtis

Homicide charges against parolees unlikely to trigger tough-on-crime backlash, criminologist says

A string of homicides allegedly committed by five Pennsylvania men following their release from prison prompted an investigation by the state’s corrections department last month. The five parolees were charged with committing a total of six homicides over a two-month period, the Associated Press reported.

By An-Li Herring/WESA