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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.

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With thousands of Pa. prisoners in near-solitary confinement, how long can coronavirus lockdown last?

Advocates have widely praised the department’s efforts, but are concerned about potential harms to inmate mental health.

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Pa. teachers’ pensions are invested in a NYC skyscraper linked to Jared Kushner, but they probably don’t know it

The investment faced challenges before COVID-19. Now, it’s even more fraught.

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Gov. Tom Wolf to temporarily release Pa. state inmates amid coronavirus crisis as legislative effort falls apart

The plan to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in state prisons could affect up to 1,800 incarcerated persons, though Wolf’s office said the number will likely be lower.

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Gov. Wolf is enacting broad powers to shut down schools and businesses, but is waiting for the legislature to act on prisoner releases

By forgoing unilateral action, the governor insulates himself should something go wrong, but he will probably have to accept a more limited plan than some of his supporters want to see.

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Hundreds could be released from Pa. state prisons under draft plans to help prevent a coronavirus outbreak

The proposal under discussion would prioritize non-violent, low-level offenders who are deemed medically "vulnerable."

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Inmate inside southeast Pa. prison tests positive for the coronavirus

Officials became aware of the case at SCI Phoenix on Saturday, the Department of Corrections said in a statement. The incarcerated person has been placed in isolation.

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Pennsylvania corrections officers, advocates worry a prison coronavirus outbreak is inevitable

As of early Friday evening, there were no reported cases of the coronavirus inside the state prison system, either among those incarcerated or corrections officers.

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Pennsylvania police cut services, plan for shortages as coronavirus spreads

“It's not like you can go out and arrest a bad guy and stop a problem. That's not going to stop this,” the police chief in Scranton said.

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Pa. House lawmaker wants to end ‘honor system’ that allows agencies to hide contracts

In response to a Spotlight PA report, Rep. Seth Grove (R., York) is calling on the General Assembly to find ways to ensure state agencies follow the disclosure law.