Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has been removed from the statutorily required review of SCI Retreat’s closure after offhand comments at a public hearing on the matter sparked a firestorm that involved three Democrats calling for him to be fired from his post.

J.J. Abbott, press secretary for Gov. Tom Wolf, confirmed that Wetzel will no longer be a part of the review process required under Act 133. In an effort to reboot the process, Wolf is also calling for additional public hearings to be held on the matter as part of a more thorough probe.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Following recent murders, Department of Corrections outlines parole changes

Following recent murders, Department of Corrections outlines parole changes

Following a string of murders linked to state parolees, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is seeking both policy and legislative changes to how the state monitors individuals on parole.

 

The recommended changes come after the DOC launched an internal review of five state parolees who are accused of committing six murders within a 10-day stretch from May to June.

Thursday, August 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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JRI II parole reforms face uncertain future after recent murders by parolees

JRI II parole reforms face uncertain future after recent murders by parolees

Many state lawmakers hoped to move forward with reforms to Pennsylvania’s parole system this fall, but a recent spate of murders by parolees may slow passage of the second phase of the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative. 

The reforms, known colloquially as JRI II, are designed to reinvest more funding into county probation and parole programs from savings created by other portions of the legislation. However, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee now wants an independent investigation into Pennsylvania’s current parole processes before advancing the bills. 


Tuesday, August 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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VIDEO: Sen. Baker to update medical parole legislation in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Sen. Baker to update medical parole legislation in Pennsylvania

Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne) has been working with Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel to help Pennsylvania taxpayers save money by updating the medical parole system in Pennsylvania. 

Baker is working on introducing legislation that would let Pennsylvania’s Board of Probation and Parole grant medical parole to sick inmates after considering a number of factors such as risk to the public, inmates age, and criminal history.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Lawmakers expect another effort to legislate merger between Corrections, Parole Board

Lawmakers expect another effort to legislate merger between Corrections, Parole Board

Lawmakers are expecting a renewed push to codify the consolidation of the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole after Corrections Secretary John Wetzel called for legislative action on the matter Thursday..

In 2017, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his administration would combine overlapping services in the two agencies, mainly focused on re-entry programs, that would be formalized in a memorandum of understanding signed by Wetzel and then-PBPP Chair Leo Dunn.
Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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