tag | Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Why Gov. Tom Wolf’s big effort to grant coronavirus reprieves to Pa. inmates came up small

The Department of Corrections has defended its response, saying it was a cautious approach that included all relevant parties to represent the public interest.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Matt McKinney/Spotlight PA

To reprieve or not to reprieve? That’s everyone’s question

Is state moving too slow or too fast with coronavirus releases?
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

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In prisons and jails, lack of testing is a big problem

When inmates are released from facilities with known infections, they can spread coronavirus in their homes and communities
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

As counties reopen, what about the correctional facilities inside their borders?

Inmates in prisons and jails remain on lockdown. And without proper testing, public health experts say that can’t end anytime soon
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Behind bars, coronavirus is in charge

Prison designs offer ideal environment for contagion
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Prison design creates ideal environment for coronavirus

Connected vents and small cells help accelerate the virus’s spread, and puts inmates on edge
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Updated: April 10, 2020 | 4:12 pm

Gov. Tom Wolf will temporarily release Pa. state inmates as legislative effort falls apart

The plan could affect up to 1,800 incarcerated persons, though Wolf’s office said the number will likely be lower due to “reentry challenges”
By Matt McKinney/Spotlight PA

Amid pandemic, activists call prison crowding cruel and unusual punishment

Most cells measure about 10 feet by 10 feet. Critics contend that, given the size of the current prison population, such tight quarters make it impossible for inmates to keep a safe distance from one another.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

Pa. prison system mulls releasing hundreds to prevent coronavirus spread

Pennsylvania has 25 state prisons housing roughly 45,000 people, all of whom have been under quarantine since late Sunday, with their movements restricted and meals served inside cells.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY