Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Reduced Prison Population by Record-Setting 3,471 since March 1

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 22, 2020 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Prison Reform Governor Tom Wolf announced today that since March 1, the population of those in state correctional facilities has been reduced by 3,471 individuals, the largest multiple-month decrease ever experienced by the Department of Corrections and one that likely helped the department reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in facilities.“When COVID-19 arrived, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections met the challenge of keeping the general public safe while protecting its inmate population from this easily transmissible disease,” Gov. Wolf said. “The department has been successful at keeping COVID-19 from spreading widely in the congregate settings of correctional facilities.”In the three-plus months since COVID-19 was first identified in Pennsylvania, less than 1 percent of the state prison population has tested positive. Ultimately, the inmates inside state correctional institutions have proven so far to be more secure from COVID-19 than the general population, where the mortality rate is 90% higher than it is in the state’s correctional facilities as of today.The population reduction includes furloughing paroled individuals from centers to home plans; working with the parole board to maximize parole releases; reviewing parole detainers for those in county jails and state prisons; expediting the release process for anyone with a pending approved home plan; reviewing and releasing inmates who are beyond their minimum sentences; and implementing the temporary reprieve program that has allowed Gov. Wolf to issue reprieves to 159 inmates during the pandemic.These releases are in addition to preexisting criminal justice reform efforts that have reduced Pennsylvania’s prison population from 48,881 inmates when Gov. Wolf entered office at the beginning of January 2015 to 41,738 inmates today. That 7,143 decrease in population in under five years has allowed the state to reduce taxpayer costs by closing facilities while enabling more Pennsylvanians to resume their lives – all without an increase in the state’s crime rate.“The Department of Corrections takes pride in its ability to keep inmates safe and will continue to prioritize health and wellness during the COVID-19 crisis,” DOC Sec. John Wetzel said. “We will continue to seek improvements in our criminal justice system that minimizes the number of incarcerated individuals while providing the highest degree of safety to every Pennsylvanian.”Pennsylvania has taken a bipartisan approach to criminal justice reform and in recent years has:Passed Justice Reinvestment 2 addressing the high cost of incarceration in the state, strengthening support for county probation programs and fixing inadequate sentencing guidelines, and reforming the post-trial criminal justice system.Created a Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.Signed the “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.Signed Act 95 of 2018, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Signed Act 146 of 2018, extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.Signed Act 147 of 2018, updating Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removes the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.Signed Act 148 of 2018, a victim protection bill regarding housing options and emergency transfers.Find more information on Pennsylvania’s response to COVID-19.Find more information on Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen PA.Ver esta página en español.center_img Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Reduced Prison Population by Record-Setting 3,471 since March 1last_img read more

Family home in blue-chip suburb could well be a dream renovation

first_imgThe cute cottage at 2 Shaw St, Bardon. Photo: A bit of work may need to be done to 2 Shaw Street, Bardon.Mr Argent has marketed the property as being “liveable right now”.“There is the chance to move in, rent out and make plans in your own time,” he said.The property features various sleep-outs that could be used as study books or converted into ensuites or walk-in robes. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago2 Shaw Street, Bardon.The original gem, at 2 Shaw St, Bardon, is in need of a major makeover and goes under the hammer on September 9.The three-bedroom, one-bathroom property is a deceased estate and could be transformed into a charming contemporary home. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here 2 Shaw Street, Bardon.Urban Property Agents — Paddington selling agent Daniel Argent said the property had an original kitchen which featured its own fireplace. The original fireplace at 2 Shaw Street, Bardon.A cute cottage in a blue-chip suburb of Brisbane has hit the market for the first time since 1947. 2 Shaw Street, Bardon. The bathroom at 2 Shaw Street, Bardon.last_img read more

NPHL Awards and All Star teams announced

first_imgHunt has also posted the NPHL’s best average three straight years. In 2006-07 he had a 2.61 GAA, last year he lowered the mark to 2.02. Hunt now has an NPHL career mark of 60-13-2 with nine shutouts and a sparkling GAA of 2.77.Mike Walker of the Hythe Mustangs was only two points behind in voting; Grande Prairie Athletics goaltender David Larson five points behind. 3 Flyers named to NPHL First All-Star Team Goaltender:                Troy Hunt, Fort St. John FlyersDefence:                Kip Noble, Fort St. John FlyersDefence:                Donny Lloyd, Spirit River RangersCentre:                Kelly McLeod, Grande Prairie AthleticsRight Wing:                Todd Alexander, Fort St. John FlyersLeft Wing:                Mike Lefley, Spirit River Rangers Shipton, who enjoyed a fine season scoring 18-29-47 points and placing sixth in team scoring, becomes the first Flyer to win the award. Other players receiving votes were Jared Zawacki of the Falher Pirates, Dustin Craig of the Fairview Kings and Cody Willier of the High Prairie Regals. Troy Hunt wins Best Goaltender Award Troy Hunt of the Fort St. John Flyers is starting to make the Best Goaltender Award his own personal trophy case. Hunt won the award for the third straight year and becomes the first goaltender to accomplish the feat since Manning Comets’ Eric Henitiuk won seven straight awards from 1982-83 to 1988-89.Hunt led the NPHL in goaltending average this year with a mark of 3.23, more than a goal better than runner-up Matt Yesemeniski of the Spirit River Rangers. Hunt also recorded a record of 12-1 and had one shutout. Advertisement Kip Noble of the Fort St. John Flyers has won his third NPHL MVP Award. Voting was announced Feb. 15 by NPHL President Jack McAvoy.  Noble, who has now won the award three times with three different teams, received one more point than Mike Lefley of the Spirit River Rangers and two points more than Mike Walker of the Hythe Mustangs. The voting was the closest in many years. Advertisement Jeff Shipton of the Fort St. John Flyers is this year’s runaway NPHL Rookie-of-the-Year Award winner.Shipton received twice as many points in award voting (18 points to nine) than Brenin Rycroft of the Hythe Mustangs and Scott Taje of the Grande Prairie Athletics. Advertisement Most Valuable Player:        Kip Noble, Fort St. John FlyersRookie-of-the-Year:        Jeff Shipton, Fort St. John FlyersCoach-of-the-Year            Wade Wallan, Hythe MustangsMost Gentlemanly Player:    Donny Lloyd, Spirit River RangersBest Goaltender:            Troy Hunt, Fort St. John FlyersBest Defenceman:            Kip Noble, Fort St. John Flyers- Advertisement – North Peace Hockey League First All-Star Team Noble, who was also named to the NPHL First All-Star Team for the seventh time, led the Flyers in scoring this year with 22-49-71 points and was third overall in NPHL scoring. Noble previously won the MVP award in 2003-04 with the Dawson Creek Canucks and in 2004-04 with the Horse Lake Thunder. It is believed Noble is still the only defencemen to win the MVP award since Cliff Mein of the Grimshaw Huskies won it in 1960-61. Jeff Shipton wins NPHL Rookie-of-the-Year Awardcenter_img Kip Noble wins NPHL MVP Award North Peace Hockey League Major Award Winners Kip Noble of the Fort St. John Flyers has won his seventh Best Defenceman Award.Noble, also named the NPHL’s MVP, led the Flyers in scoring this year with 22-49-71 points and was third overall in NPHL scoring. Noble’s seventh award now places him one behind the all-time leader, Mike Tookey of the Peace River Stampeders. Tookey won seven straight awards from 1992-93 to 1998-99 and added an eighth in 2000-01. Tookey took 1999-2000 off. Noble began his NPHL career in 2000-03 with the Dawson Creek Canucks. Since that time, he has amassed incredible totals. He has now played 192 games and recorded 175-333-508 points. Noble has now won the award with three different teams and is the only player in NPHL history to accomplish the feat. Donny Lloyd of the Spirit River Rangers placed second for the second straight season coming only four points behind Noble in voting. Stories By Chris Clegg,NPHL Statistician North Peace Hockey League Second All-Star Team Goaltender:                Mike Walker, Hythe MustangsDefence:                Chad Wilchynski, Spirit River RangersDefence:                Mike Mohr, Grande Prairie AthleticsCentre:                Aaron Parenteau, Peace River StampedersRight Wing:                Rod Bowers, Grande Prairie AthleticsLeft Wing:                Nick Laporte, Peace River Stampeders Advertisement Kip Noble wins Best Defenceman Award The Fort St. John Flyers have placed three players on this year’s First All-Star Team. Goaltender Troy Hunt is joined by defenceman Kip Noble and right winger Todd Alexander. Completing the team are defenceman Donny Lloyd of the Spirit River Rangers, Kelly McLeod of the Grande Prairie Athletics at centre and Mike Lefley of the Spirit River Rangers on left win. The selections means the West Division completed a clean sweep of First-Team All-Star selections.Hunt was named to his third straight First All-Star Team while Noble was selected for the seventh time on the First All-Star Team with three different teams; the Dawson Creek Canucks and Horse Lake Thunder being the others. Alexander, who was named to his third All-Star Team overall, was selected to the NPHL’s Second All-Star Team on left wing last season. In 2006-07 he was named to the First All-Star Team on right win. He was seventh in NPHL scoring this season with 25-33-58 points. Donny Lloyd’s selection was his second in as many years and the second straight year he has placed second to Noble in Best Defenceman balloting. He was eleventh in NPHL scoring this year with 14-40-54 points. Lefley, who led the NPHL in scoring this year with 45-42-87 points, was also named to the First All-Star Team last season on left wing.last_img read more