New prison mail policy sparks lawsuit from ACLU, advocates

New prison mail policy sparks lawsuit from ACLU, advocates

While the president may have received mixed reviews for his claim that “attorney client privilege is now a thing of the past,” civil rights advocates are backing up Pennsylvania inmates on the same concern with legal action.


Two lawsuits were filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections this week by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a Philadelphia law firm, and three criminal justice reform groups. The lawsuits are in response to a new policy that resulted from the 12 day long September prison lockdown.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Storm, DA concerns scuttle Senate vote on life without parole

Storm, DA concerns scuttle Senate vote on life without parole

Hundreds of people bused into Harrisburg from across the state Tuesday in hopes of seeing the beginning of the end for life without parole in Pennsylvania.

But by the end of the day, they were marching around the Capitol in defiance, chanting, “Let our people go, or next election you will go.”

The advocates, many from Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, had gathered to watch a scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee vote on SB 942 from Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), which makes life sentence recipients eligible for parole after 15 years.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Department of Corrections ends system wide lockdown

Department of Corrections ends system wide lockdown

After 12 days the state prison system is no longer on lockdown.

Since August 29, Pennsylvania’s 24 prisons limited mail and visitors while revoking inmate privileges to deal with an outbreak of unknown illnesses to inmates and staffers.

From May 31 to September 1, more than 50 staff members and 33 inmates were taken to outside hospitals for treatment for exposure to illicit drugs. Subsequent tests showed synthetic drugs, including cannabinoids, as the cause in some of the situations.

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wetzel talks prison lock down, K2 and more

Wetzel talks prison lock down, K2 and more

The PLS Reporter sat down with Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on Thursday to talk about recent turmoil in state prisons thought to be connected to synthetic drugs.

Last Wednesday all correctional facilities in Pennsylvania were placed on an indefinite lock down after multiple staff fell sick due to an unknown substance.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's three events in under three minutes.

From President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) releasing a statement on Wednesday regarding statue of limitations reform for child sexual abuse victims, to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale discussing the recommendations in the Pennsylvania School Safety Task force report all the way to the state prisons lock down. 

Friday, August 31, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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