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

The Final Ride at Stuart ends with Marriott in victory lane

first_imgSTUART, Iowa (July 2) – Everything about the Ron Little Memorial was big. Both Modified and Stock Car events were part of the Arnold Motor Supply Midwest Madness Tour. Northern SportMods – 1. Doug Smith; 2. Thomas Egenberger; 3. Brayton Carter; 4. Hunter Longnecker; 5. Jake Sachau; 6. Dylan VanWyk; 7. Cody Olsen; 8. Daniel Fellows; 9. Colton Nel­son; 10. Daniel Baudler; 11. Kyle Bentley; 12. Austin Kaplan; 13. Tyler Inman; 14. Kody Havens; 15. David Schwartz; 16. Dusty Masolini; 17. Brett Vanderheiden; 18. Garrett Nelson; 19. Brandon Patava; 20. Ronnie Hults; 21. Blair Simmons; 22. Ed Hamilton; 23. Mitchell Morris; 24. BryBryan Morris. Jeff Aikey came from tenth to second in his first ever visit to Stuart with 14th starting Jesse Sob­bing third, Most fourth and Laney fifth. Dubbed The Final Ride by members of the late IMCA Modified driver’s family, the main event saw Mar­riott and Travis Hatcher show the way, with Marriott leading Josh Most and Hatcher early on. Cody Laney advanced to third on lap four and with three and even four wide racing back in the pack it was still Marriott out front at the halfway point. Lapped traffic started around this time, but Marriott was smooth and strong as he went on to lead the entire way to pick up the top check. The Missouri speedster was already qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  A track record 141 cars took to the track Tuesday for the 20th and final event at Stuart Speedway. Forty-seven of those entries were IMCA Modifieds and Hunter Marriott wrote his name in as the $2,000 feature winner of a 30-lapper that ran green to checkers. Doug Smith followed the mid-program fireworks display with an impressive show of his own, win­ning the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature and $1,000. Feature Results  Buck Schafroth took the lead early and stayed there to the $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car check­ers. Sport Compacts – 1. Chris Vannausdle; 2. Ramsey Meyer; 3. Tyler Fiebelkorn; 4. Mitchell Bunch; 5. Colton Garside; 6. Shannon Mahlberg; 7. Anthony Clark; 8. Bruce Hower; 9. Curtis Master­son; 10. James Reeves; 11. Nikole Kimmel; 12. Owen Richards; 13. Kolby Sabin; 14. Hunter Patrick; 15. Ryan Barnes; 16. Logan Richards; 17. Terry Hurley; 18. Michael Love. A caution set up a four-lap dash to the checkers with Brandon Pruitt and then Mike Nichols challeng­ing before Schafroth took the checkers. Modifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott; 2. Jeff Aikey; 3. Jesse Sobbing; 4. Josh Most; 5. Cody Laney; 6. Tim Ward; 7. Travis Hatcher; 8. Nick Roberts; 9. Chris Abelson; 10. Todd Shute; 11. Josh May; 12. Josh Gilman; 13. Shane DeMey; 14. Kollin Hibdon; 15. Jacob Hobscheidt; 16. Randy Foote; 17. Ethan Braaksma; 18. Ryan Jenkins; 19. Jesse Dennis; 20. Brandon Spanjer; 21. Matt Bonine; 22. Austin Howes; 23. Austin Kuehl; 24. Joel Bushore.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Solomon Bennett; 2. Chuck Madden Jr.; 3. Jack Phillips; 4. Zach Hem­mingsen; 5. Adam Ayers; 6. Jordan Androy; 7. Corey Madden; 8. Matthew Wahl; 9. Jamie Coady; 10. Tanner Dixon; 11. Dustin Thompson; 12. Miciah Hidlebaugh; 13. Jerry Richards; 14. Dallas Larson; 15. Richard Pahlka Jr.; 16. Dylan Nelson; 17. Nick Foster; 18. Ralph Jones.  By Josh Reynolds Eleventh starting Solomon Bennett topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and Chris Vannausdle won the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.  Stock Cars – 1. Buck Schafroth; 2. Mike Nichols; 3. Brandon Pruitt; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Chris Pruitt; 6. Marcus Fagan; 7. Daniel Hilsabeck; 8. Damon Murty; 9. Jeremy Gettler; 10. Josh Dan­iels; 11. Robert Stofer; 12. Gary Bass; 13.  Dusty Van Horn; 14. Mike Albertsen; 15. Dan Macken­thun; 16. Chad LeGere; 17. Keith Simmons; 18. Kurt Hansen; 19. Corey Piffer; 20. Bryan Snell; 21. Todd VanEaton; 22. Brock Badger; 23. Craig Carlson; 24. Mike Stapleton. Hunter Marriott won the 20th annual, and final, Ron Little Memorial feature for IMCA Modifieds at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)last_img read more

Fast reaction: Syracuse wins Scott Shafer’s last game as head coach against Boston College, 20-17

first_img Published on November 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) outlasted Boston College (3-9, 0-8), 20-17, in the Carrier Dome to cap off its season on Saturday. With Scott Shafer coaching his last game as head coach after being fired on Monday and 17 seniors being honored before the game, the result seemed secondary to the events beyond the sidelines.Here are three moments from Saturday not involved in the on-field product that stood out in the season finale.Round of applauseSyracuse honored 17 players and six managers in Senior Day festivities around noon. Shafer started off with the managers, shaking each of their hands and posing for pictures with family members in attendance.He made his way down the line stretching from midfield to the end zone, sliding in each family photo. Punter Riley Dixon received arguably the loudest applause and he was greeted by seven of his family members.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textQuarterback Terrel Hunt, who was denied a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA yesterday, was the last one called. He too was greeted with a sizable applause, slowly walking out on his healing right Achilles while flipping a football up in the air to himself.He goneStarting safety Antwan Cordy tweeted before the game that he would transfer from SU after Saturday’s game. The sophomore tweeted the same message Friday, but shortly deleted the tweet. This time, the message was still up after the game.Cordy had an interception on Saturday and ranked first on the team in tackles for loss (12) and second in total tackles (68). He was arguably Syracsue’s best defensive back in a secondary that struggled mightily throughout the season.Further updates will be provided after the game regarding the reason behind Cordy’s transfer.The decisionDirector of Athletics Mark Coyle spoke about his decision to fire Shafer on his weekly pregame radio show with Matt Park, calling the decision to let Shafer and his assistants go “efficient.”He highlighted the importance of reaching out to current commits and making the best long-term decision for the program. Coyle cancelled his trip to the Bahamas for the men’s basketball team’s appearance in the Battle 4 Atlantis to put time toward the coaching search.According to Sports Illustrated, Coyle and Chancellor Kent Syverud have already flown across the country to interview candidates. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more