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Prison News | Pennsylvania

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Pennsylvania. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Education & Rehabilitation

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Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

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Gangs in Prison

  • Lieutenant accused of pilfering SCI Pittsburgh fund
    A lieutenant with the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh embezzled more than $12,000 meant for the prison's honor guard, according to court documents filed Monday.......[more]

  • Federal Inmate Indicted in Pennsylvania for Murder of Correctional Officer
    A federal grand jury in Scranton, Penn., returned an indictment today charging Jessie Con-Ui, a federal inmate, with the murder of federal corrections officer Eric Williams, the Justice Department announced. Con-Ui, 36, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania with one count of first degree murder, one count of first degree murder of a U.S. corrections officer and one count of possessing contraband in prison. The indictment alleges that Con-Ui killed Williams on Feb. 25, 2013, in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex in Waymart, Penn. According...[more]

  • Justice Department Finds Pennsylvania State Prison
    Today, the Justice Department issued a findings letter detailing the results of its investigation into the use of solitary confinement on prisoners with serious mental illness at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Cresson in Cambria County, Pa. The department found that Cresson...[more]

  • Pennslyvania Inmate Sentenced to Life in Prison for Violent Murder of Fellow Inmate
    A federal inmate was sentenced today to life in prison for the violent murder of a fellow inmate in Pennsylvanias Allenwood Correctional Complex, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Departments Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Peter J. Smith. Ritz D. Williams Jr., 32, of Gila River Indian Reservation, Sacaton, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder and possession of a weapon on April 15, 2013. U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane sentenced Williams to life without the possibility of parole on May 15, 2013, for his role in the murder of fellow...[more]

  • Inmate's hanging a suicide
    A Lemont Furnace woman died in Pittsburgh last week after she hanged herself while in custody at the Fayette County Prison. ...[more]

  • Carbon changes inmate search policy
    Move comes after insurance carrier's request. Shift tied to 1993 ruling in Schuylkill case. ...[more]

  • Enter a
    Tougher rules and longer sentences mean that prison for white-collar inmates is no longer Club Fed. Prisoner No. 20532-050 tells his eyewitness story to Luke Mullins....[more]

  • McInnis artwork: both disturbing and fascinating
    Disturbing drawings of prison life, frightening renderings of familiar Bible stories and demonic portrayals of death are all part of the work...[more]

Health & Medical Treatment


Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • York County mulls using inmate accounts to help pay victims
    York, PA - Don O'Shell said his clerk of courts office has tried a number of ways to collect the tens of millions of dollars that people convicted of crimes in York County courts owe victims and taxpayers....[more]

  • PROTESTERS OF PRISON EXPANSION MARCH TO HARRISBURG
    HARRISBURG -- A group of about 40 activists calling for a moratorium on new prison funding, left Philadelphia on Saturday on a nine-day-long march to Harrisburg for what it calls "a people's budget, not a prison budget."...[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

  • Lieutenant accused of pilfering SCI Pittsburgh fund
    A lieutenant with the State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh embezzled more than $12,000 meant for the prison's honor guard, according to court documents filed Monday.......[more]

  • Justice Department Finds Pennsylvania State Prison
    Today, the Justice Department issued a findings letter detailing the results of its investigation into the use of solitary confinement on prisoners with serious mental illness at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Cresson in Cambria County, Pa. The department found that Cresson...[more]

  • Pennslyvania Inmate Sentenced to Life in Prison for Violent Murder of Fellow Inmate
    A federal inmate was sentenced today to life in prison for the violent murder of a fellow inmate in Pennsylvanias Allenwood Correctional Complex, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Departments Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Peter J. Smith. Ritz D. Williams Jr., 32, of Gila River Indian Reservation, Sacaton, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of first degree murder and possession of a weapon on April 15, 2013. U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane sentenced Williams to life without the possibility of parole on May 15, 2013, for his role in the murder of fellow...[more]

  • Carbon changes inmate search policy
    Move comes after insurance carrier's request. Shift tied to 1993 ruling in Schuylkill case. ...[more]

Prison Life & Culture

  • Eastern State Penitentiary Hosts "Family Weekend: Pets in Prison" on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10
    PHILADELPHIA, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern State Penitentiary will host "Family Weekend: Pets in Prison" on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10 and again on September 27 and 28. The event, designed for kids and adults of all ages, will feature interactive and educational activities all weekend long. Visitors can learn about the role of animals throughout Eastern State's history, meet (and adopt) shelter dogs from a local prison-training program, and participate in animal-themed activities. ...[more]

  • Inmates allowed to send apologies Voluntary program gives Pa. prisoners opportunity to tell victims they're sorry
    PITTSBURGH - A program that enables Pennsylvania inmates to apologize in writing to victims of their crimes has more letters than people signed up to receive them....[more]

  • FCC caps cost of phone calls to prison inmates
    The commission agreed. In a 2-1 vote, the regulators capped fees charged to inmates for out-of-state calls, which in Pennsylvania can currently add up to $11 for a 15-minute call from behind bars....[more]

  • Talk is anything but cheap for phone calls from Pennsylvania's prison
    Every day, sometimes at 8 a.m., sometimes just after lunch, Marilyn Ankrom waits for the phone call from prison. She can't call in -- they've wired things to make that impossible. She gets 15 minutes. Then the line goes dead....[more]

  • Organization serves children of area incarcerated parents
    University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus; Pittsburgh, PA - newsx By Matt Singer / Staff Writer After 10 years of advocating the rights of Allegheny County children whose parents were jailed, the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation is ......[more]

  • Enter a
    Tougher rules and longer sentences mean that prison for white-collar inmates is no longer Club Fed. Prisoner No. 20532-050 tells his eyewitness story to Luke Mullins....[more]

  • McInnis artwork: both disturbing and fascinating
    Disturbing drawings of prison life, frightening renderings of familiar Bible stories and demonic portrayals of death are all part of the work...[more]

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

  • Man who killed estranged wife beaten to death in cell
    A man convicted of killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend on New Year's Day 1998 in Ohio Township died Sunday after being severely beaten in a Clearfield County state prison. William Albert Keitel, 59, was attacked at State Correctional Institution Houtzdale on August 2....[more]

  • Police: 2nd inmate escapes from Pa. corrections facility where another inmate fled Sunday
    State Police say 28-year-old Ramon Antonio Beachy fled on foot from the Wernersville Community Correction Center while he was being escorted by a staff member Sunday. Police say he jumped over a railing on a flight of stairs, ran through a courtyard and climbed a fence to escape....[more]

Suicides in Prison

  • Inmate's hanging a suicide
    A Lemont Furnace woman died in Pittsburgh last week after she hanged herself while in custody at the Fayette County Prison. ...[more]

Workplace & Industry News, and Science & Tech News

  • Guards blind-sided by prison closings
    When the state Department of Corrections moved to close state prisons in Greensburg and Cresson without any warning to its corrections officers, their families or those communities, it set a precedent that should concern communities that host state prisons across the state....[more]

  • Female staff member sexually assaulted at state prison in Centre County
    BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A legislator is asking for a formal state investigation into the sexual assault of a female staff member at a prison in central Pennsylvania....[more]

  • Department of Corrections to Begin Training Corrections Employees Working with Mentally Ill Offenders
    Department of Corrections officials announced they have trained more than 100 employees in the area of crisis intervention since December 2012, with a goal of eventually providing training to all employees who have day-to-day contact with ......[more]

  • Department of Corrections to Begin Training Corrections Employees Working with Mentally Ill Offenders
    Department of Corrections officials announced they have trained more than 100 employees in the area of crisis intervention since December 2012, with a goal of eventually providing training to all employees who have day-to-day contact with ......[more]

  • Federal Inmate Indicted in Pennsylvania for Murder of Correctional Officer
    A federal grand jury in Scranton, Penn., returned an indictment today charging Jessie Con-Ui, a federal inmate, with the murder of federal corrections officer Eric Williams, the Justice Department announced. Con-Ui, 36, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania with one count of first degree murder, one count of first degree murder of a U.S. corrections officer and one count of possessing contraband in prison. The indictment alleges that Con-Ui killed Williams on Feb. 25, 2013, in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex in Waymart, Penn. According...[more]


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