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

Sherwood warns of Wigan example

first_img “We want to avoid that (what happened to Wigan) and it is good to use as an example,” said Sherwood, having guided his side to a 2-1 semi final win over Liverpool on Sunday. “It is not what anyone enjoys. We certainly won’t be enjoying that trip to Wembley if we are not a Premier League club at that time. “We realise we have a lot of hard work to do. We obviously want to win the FA Cup and nothing is going to get in the way of that. “But at the same time we definitely still need to be in the league. We will use everything we can to warn them against complacency. “But really their motivation should be if they want to play in an FA Cup final they have to prove their worth to me in the league games remaining. “If they don’t then they won’t be selected. There will be no-one saving themselves for the FA Cup final, put it that way. “We are very confident we can stay in the Premier League but if you take your foot off the pedal, you never know – this game shocks you.” Sherwood is without Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker (both knee) for the trip to the Etihad while Alan Hutton is out with an ankle problem. Villa are still involved in a battle against relegation after reaching the Cup final against Arsenal next month. They are four points above the Barclays Premier League bottom three going into a trip to Manchester City on Saturday. Wigan won the FA Cup in 2013, beating City, but were also relegated that season and Sherwood wants to arrive at Wembley on May 30 having already guaranteed their top flight future. Gabby Agbonlahor could return after a hamstring injury while Philippe Senderos (thigh) and Aly Cissokho (groin) are available. Christian Benteke will lead the line after nine goals in nine games under Sherwood and the boss admits the striker is a vital asset in their relegation battle. Sherwood said: “I think I am very fortunate to have him here. “For a player like Christian Benteke to be at a club fighting at the bottom of the division is a mis-match really. “We are pleased to have him in our situation and he is in good form.” Tim Sherwood has warned Aston Villa against suffering the same fate as Wigan while telling his players they are fighting for their FA Cup final places. Press Associationlast_img read more

JOY SPORTS 2015 AFCON DIARIES: Time with Tony Baffoe

first_imgFormer Black Stars defender Tony Baffoe  will  be the  central focus as  Joy Sports begins the  build up to the 2015  Africa Cup of Nations with the AFCON Diaries today from 7pm on Joy 99.7fm.Baffoe, who played the libero role in the Black Stars team at the 1992 edition of the tournament in Senegal, is now a FIFA General Co-ordinator – a role he played at the final of the Brazil 2014 World Cup.  Tonight’s show will focus on the current value of the AFCON tournament within the big picture of world football. Baffoe brings a wealth of experience to the table, having worked in various roles at the AFCON and FIFA-organised tournaments including the flagship World Cup.The growing importance or otherwise on the Africa of Nations in relation competing brands like EURO competition COPA America amongst others will be explored on the showThe Joy Sports AFCON Diaries will be  aired  on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays before the tournament and daily during the tournament. It will also feature big name players (retired and active) officials and reporters  from countries competing for honours at the tournament.Joy Sports exclusive and extensive coverage of the will be intensive across all platforms -TV, Radio and Online and proudly sponsored by Kenpong Travel and Tourslast_img read more