Philadelphia Prison System

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Reported Assault Of Inmate By Corrections Guard At Philadelphia Prison

Philadelphia Prison System spokeswoman Shawn Hawes says she knows about the incident, but was told the guard used appropriate force.

09/30/2014

Commissioner of Prisons Louis Giorla (left) and Juan Bennett with Bleu (right). (credit: Steve Tawa/KYW)

Inmate Trainers And Their At-Risk Shelter Dogs Get A New Leash On Life In The Philadelphia Prison System

Inmates and their dogs in the “New Leash On Life Program” took part of graduation ceremonies in the Philadelphia Prison System’s Alternative and Special Detention division.

09/08/2014

(Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Imprisoned Phila. Fathers To Get Access To Family Videoconferencing

What started as a pilot program to help incarcerated Philadelphia mothers remain connected with their children is now expanding to include fathers as well.

06/11/2014

(Mayor Nutter is accompanied by Philadelphia prisons commissioner Louis Giorla as he chats with several prisoners at the orchard project groundbreaking.   Photo by John McDevitt)

Philadelphia Inmates To Grow Produce While Learning Horticulture

The Philadelphia Prison System project will give prisoners — or, as Mayor Michael Nutter refers to them, clients — the green jobs training and skills they need to reenter society one day.

04/01/2014

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Nutter Administration Sees Medical Coverage For Former Prisoners a Key To Lower Crime

This initiative could come to Pennsylvania if Gov. Corbett’s “Healthy Pennsylvania” plan is approved.

03/14/2014

(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

(The Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, in Northeast Philadelphia.  City of Phila. photo)

Lawsuit Rekindled Over Philadelphia Prison Crowding

Civil rights attorney David Rudovsky says Philadelphia’s prison population has jumped by more than 2,000 in the past year and a half.

12/05/2012

Recent Suicides At Philadelphia Prisons Prompt Concerns By Civil Rights Attorney

Three suicides and one attempted suicide in the past week in the Philadelphia prison system are prompting a probe by a local civil rights attorney.

07/23/2012

(Inmate Rober Oliver restrains "Johnny Cash," an SPCA rescue dog that he will retrain for adoption. Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Program Pairs Model Prisoners With Dogs In Need of Training

The Philadelphia Prison System has welcomed some more arrivals. But they’re happy to be there — and wagging their tails.

08/16/2011

(Shamir Robinson.  Photo provided)

Man Mistakenly Released From Philly Prison Remains At Large

The Philadelphia Prison System is looking for 21-year-old Shamir Robinson of Nicetown after he was mistakenly released from prison in a paperwork foul-up.

01/04/2011

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