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Pa. state prisons will gradually reopen, with COVID-19 testing for transfers and releases

“What we did has clearly put us in a position where we feel like we can start working back to normal, which is our goal."
By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Containing COVID-19 outbreak at SCI Huntingdon, preventing spread outside the prison is a “battle”

“As far as disinfecting goes and everything of that nature, they're using everything within their means to do it."
By Tim Lambert/WITF and Min Xian/SpotlightPA

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SCI Huntingdon has second-most COVID-19 cases among Pa. state prisons

The Corrections Department said the coronvavirus entered the prison from the community.
By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

Gov. Wolf to follow through on plan to close state prison

SCI Retreat, about 10 miles west of Wilkes-Barre, has about 400 employees and about 940 inmates.

By The Associated Press

Longtime CentrePeace Director Thom Brewster has died at 63

Thom Brewster is remembered as a leader in the organization’s work to rehabilitate inmates in Centre County.

By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

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

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/WITF

Pa. prison guard’s fingertip bitten off during inmate attack

Prison officials at Camp Hill State Correctional Institute confirmed an “inmate-on-staff assault” occurred Saturday, resulting in two officers being treated at a hospital.

By The Associated Press