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Pa. prisons don’t always tell families when inmates are sick. Officials are defending that policy.

The department says it can only release medical details to emergency contacts, but critics contend it’s not doing enough to notify inmates of the need to update those authorizations.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari/Spotlight PA

State prison in Forest County sees outbreak of COVID-19 cases

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections confirmed the outbreak of cases at the State Correctional Insitution Forest, which is located in Marienville.

By Anne Danahy

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An inmate died of the coronavirus, but Pa. corrections never told his family

State corrections officials say they are following the law in protecting medical information, but family members and advocates contend they could do more when inmates get sick or die.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari/Spotlight PA

COVID-19’s fall surge hitting Pennsylvania prisons too

To date, 23 prisoners have died from COVID-19 in nine of Pennsylvania’s correctional facilities.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Serious COVID-19 outbreak threatens hundreds at Pa. prison for medically vulnerable

In the Capitol, both Democrats and Republicans are calling for the release of ill and geriatric prisoners, but advocates fear it might already be too late.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari/Spotlight PA

Bill Cosby, now 83, grins in newly released Pa. prison mug shot

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections recently updated Cosby’s mug shot, something routinely done to document changes to inmates’ appearance as they age.

By The Associated Press

More Pennsylvania inmates accused of fraudulently seeking jobless checks

While some of the accused never received the money, others are alleged to have reaped large amounts.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

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
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