Corrections Secretary John Wetzel speaks at Press Club Luncheon

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel speaks at Press Club Luncheon

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel was the featured speaker at the November Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon held Monday afternoon where he spoke on topics related to the need to incorporate more data in criminal justice policymaking, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, and the opioid crisis.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gov. Wolf announces consolidation of some Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole functions

Gov. Wolf announces consolidation of some Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole functions

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that his administration is moving ahead entering into an inter-departmental memorandum of understanding (MOU) that would merge the parole agent functions of the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole.

Thursday, October 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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As SCI Pittsburgh comes to a close, plans for development and prison closure reform ramp up

As SCI Pittsburgh comes to a close, plans for development and prison closure reform ramp up

Things are quietly winding down as the state correctional institution in Pittsburgh gets ready to permanently close its doors on June 30th. 

 

As of May 19th, there are zero inmates in the facility that once housed 1,921 convicted individuals, and only a few employees remain to finish out the closure process. Those remaining employees will begin their new assignments at surrounding facilities on May 21, according to the Department of Corrections (DOC). 

Friday, May 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Legislators express concerns about potential merger of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole in House committee hearing

Legislators express concerns about potential merger of Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole in House committee hearing

The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Thursday to discuss another consolidation attempt from Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal: the consolidation of the Department of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole.

This consolidation, under Senate Bill 522 and Senate Bill 523, would merge the two entities together, a system that a majority of other states use. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
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Sec. Wetzel presents Lebanon's Domestic Violence Intervention Center with nearly 4,000 cellphones

Sec. Wetzel presents Lebanon's Domestic Violence Intervention Center with nearly 4,000 cellphones

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel presented the Domestic Violence Intervention Center of Lebanon County nearly 4,000 cell phones. These phones have been seized from community corrections centers over the last two years and will go to help victims of domestic violence around the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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