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‘A turning point’: Thousands in Pa. prisons will be offered COVID-19 vaccine

At least 11 of the state’s 23 prisons have started to receive the vaccine, with thousands of inmates and corrections staff expected to be offered a shot in coming weeks, according to corrections officials and incarcerated people.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari/Spotlight PA

Confronted with significant flaws in coronavirus data, Pa. corrections officials concede ‘it’s unacceptable’

A five-month analysis by Spotlight PA found large fluctuations in the number of tests administered and unexplained changes to the death count.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari/Spotlight PA

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Guard, 11 inmates hurt in Corrections Department bus crash

State police say the crash in the turnpike’s eastbound lanes in Conewago Township occurred around 8:35 a.m. Friday, when one of the vehicle’s tires “suddenly deflated” and the bus struck a concrete barrier before coming to a stop in the left lane.

By The Associated Press

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

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