Legislators aim to protect corrections officers with new bills

Legislators aim to protect corrections officers with new bills

State Representatives Pam Snyder (D-Greene) and Carl Metzgar (R-Somerset) hope that a series of bills introduced in January will help better protect state corrections officers from inmate violence — and potentially save lives in the process. 

Snyder unveiled three pieces of legislation at the end of January with the goal of protecting corrections officers from violent interactions with inmates. Metzgar also re-introduced a seven-bill package that would place harsher penalties on inmates who assault prison staff.  
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3!

This week in the top three events The PLS Reporter was joined by Department of Corrections Secretary, John Wetzel, to talk about recent turmoil in state prisons thought to be connected to synthetic drugs.

Also this week there were multiple public hearings and meetings including one about 
amending the older adults protective services act and another that looked into a bill that would bring state public sector union laws into line with the federal Janus ruling.

Friday, September 7, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Senators focus on mental illness and opioid epidemic during Corrections budget hearing

Senators focus on mental illness and opioid epidemic during Corrections budget hearing

Senate Appropriation Committee members focused on how the Department of Corrections (DOC) handles mentally ill inmates and inmates struggling with addiction during Thursday’s budget hearing.


DOC asked for an addition $2 million dollars in this year’s proposed budget.


According to DOC Sec. John Wetzel the extra $2 million would help to treat inmates with varying mental health issues.

Thursday, March 1, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
The American Civil Liberties Union and Abolitionist Law Center suing Pennsylvania over solitary confinement practices in prisons

The American Civil Liberties Union and Abolitionist Law Center suing Pennsylvania over solitary confinement practices in prisons

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Abolitionist Law Center are suing Pennsylvania for placing prisoners who have life sentences in solitary confinement anywhere from 22 to 24 hours per day.


The class-action lawsuit alleges that this practice is unconstitutional violating the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
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
Categories: News and Views
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