Louis Giorla

(Msgr. William Lynn leaves a bail hearing at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia in 2014.  Lynn lost about 70 pounds during his 18 months in an upstate prison.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Pope to Visit Same Philadelphia Prison Housing a Jailed Priest

Msgr. William Lynn, the former secretary for clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was convicted of one count of child endangerment and is in prison as his appeals play out.

07/02/2015

(credit: Mike Dunn/KYW Newsradio)

Amid Controversy, Nutter Insists He Has No Plans to Build New Prison

Controversy is growing over Mayor Nutter’s plan to purchase land in the Northeast, potentially for a new prison. In the face of that, he seems to be trying to distance himself from the idea of a new jail house.

05/24/2015

(Prisons commissioner Louis Giorla testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Purchase of Land For a New Prison in NE Philly Gets Committee Nod

Prisons commissioner Louis Giorla said the site, on State Road, is both close to other city prisons and far from residential areas.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/12/2015

(City councilman James Kenney, left, and Philadelphia prisons commissioner Louis Giorla square off during a Council hearing about Corizon Healthcare.  Photos from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Lawmakers Say Prison Health Care Contractor Needs More Scrutiny

Philadelphia City Council members are up in arms over the mayor’s decision to renew a huge contract for prison health care to a company that was recently forced to pay nearly $2 million to settle the city’s fraud claim.

03/03/2013