October 26, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett signed into law Thursday sweeping prison-reform legislation aimed at reducing recidivism and lowering the skyrocketing cost of housing the state's inmates. "It's about time we started thinking a little smarter about how we incarcerate people," Corbett said at a news conference. "The answer isn't always building new prisons. " At the heart of the plan, which received bipartisan support in the legislature, is an effort to move inmates out of state prisons where costs are the highest and to help them become productive members of society.
July 9, 2012 |
GOV. CORBETT on Thursday signed Senate Bill 100 into law. The bill, introduced by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Montgomery, is intended to decrease the state's prison population and reduce corrections spending. The governor, who supported SB100 and recently initiated Pennsylvania's Justice Reinvestment process, has claimed the mantle of a prison reformer. But we all know that actions speak louder than words, and Corbett's actions speak volumes. As he pushes through another year of drastic budget cuts to education, social services and healthcare, Corbett has moved rapidly ahead with a massive expansion of Pennsylvania's prisons.
September 28, 1999 |
Ernie Preate Jr. struck a preacher's tone as he argued for prison reform yesterday, quoting the Gospel and corrections statistics as if they were parts of the same text. It was not the speech one might expect from a man who put five criminals on death row as a prosecutor, then defended capital punishment in court as Pennsylvania's attorney general. But that was before he went to federal prison. Preate has now joined a growing number of former crime-busting politicians nationwide who are calling for prison reform after getting a taste of jailhouse life.
January 13, 1987 |
Prison reform and an anticipated $58 million budget surplus are the major issues facing the General Assembly in the legislative session opening today, according to key legislators. "To spend or not to spend, to return or not to return," said House Speaker B. Bradford Barnes (R., Bridgeville), who said he favored returning a large portion of the money in the form of tax cuts. Delaware's income tax is based on the adjusted gross income on a taxpayer's federal return. Adjusted gross incomes are due to rise because of reductions in federal tax rates.
October 24, 2014 |
Karl Jenkins - also known as hip-hot artist Dice Raw - is standing onstage at the Freedom Theatre as a whirlwind of activity goes on around him. Dancers and actors are to the left as choreographer Rennie Harris busies himself with legwork. Director Ozzie Jones is stage right, consulting writer Phillip S. Brown's script. As Dice Raw, Jenkins deals with this kind of maelstrom regularly. He's the rapping wingman for the Roots and holds down a solo career in hip-hop. But with the 2013 release of the album Jimmy's Back , Raw opened a powder keg of anti-prison rhetoric, one set to explode onstage Friday and Saturday at Freedom, when his performance art/hip-hop musical/dance presentation The Last Jimmy debuts at the North Philadelphia venue.
April 11, 2008
PRISON REFORM in Pennsylvania got shoved into the 21st century, thanks to a package of proposed laws the House passed this week. That's more than can be said about the weak gun-control laws approved by the same body at the same time. When it comes to guns, too many Pennsylvania legislators, no matter what their constituents say, refuse to see beyond the 18th century and the good ol' days of the lone frontiersman. But real prison reform, locally and nationally, is on a contemporary track of change.
May 9, 1996 |
Officials of the Justice Fellowship say they have a plan to ensure that their ideas for prison reform aren't ignored or forgotten like many other attempts to change the state corrections system. They're taking their ideas to the churches. As part of a three-year effort to develop a reform plan for Pennsylvania's prisons, the Christian group is holding meetings throughout the state to stir interest and support. "We are trying to build a movement and let the individuals in Harrisburg know there is a voice for change," said Carol B. Meyer, state director of the Justice Fellowship.
July 19, 2012 |
LAST WEEK, Gov. Corbett signed a prison-reform bill that aims to keep nonviolent drug offenders out of state prisons, but for one group in the state, true reform means refraining from building any more prisons. Decarcerate PA, which seeks to reduce the prison population and advocates for a moratorium on new prison facilities, spent Tuesday afternoon protesting two correctional facilities under construction in Skippack, Montgomery County. Thomas Ditcher of Decarcerate PA said the group protested adding the Phoenix I and II prisons on the site of the 83-year-old Graterford Prison that stands there.
May 10, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Former Pennsylvania Gov. George M. Leader, the son of a chicken farmer who was elected to the state's highest office before he turned 40, died yesterday after a brief illness. He was 95. Two grandchildren were at Leader's side when he died at his home at Country Meadows assisted-living center in Hershey, a spokeswoman for the facility said. The center was the first in a network of 10 such facilities that Leader and his wife founded in 1985. A Democrat who was the second-youngest person to be elected Pennsylvania governor, Leader fought to rid government of patronage jobs and improve social services.
June 8, 1988 |
The man who designed the historic Burlington County Prison was a humanist. In 1808, at the beginning of his eminent career, Robert Mills offered the prison committee, along with his architectural drawings, many suggestions on the compassionate treatment of inmates. An advocate of prison reform, Mills proposed that hardened prisoners be separated from the newcomers, that the illiterate be taught to read and write, and that all inmates be bathed regularly. He summed up his beliefs about prison reform in an inscription that today still hangs over the jail's entrance: "Justice, while it punishes, would endeavor to reform the offender.