Category Archive: John Wetzel

May 06

SCI Fayette Program Preps Inmates for Productive Life After Prison

Tribune Review By Michael Walton Edward Bohna says his job is just like that of any other principal, except his students serve time — including life sentences — for crimes ranging from assault and armed robbery to murder. Bohna, 55, leads the school at SCI Fayette, a state prison in Labelle. Inmates take traditional academic …

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Apr 18

Pennsylvania Stepping Up Initiative to Tackle Mental Illness in County Jails

By CSG Justice Center Staff Pennsylvania became the third state to launch a statewide Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jails, joining Ohio and California on April 4. The announcement was made at the state’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board Conference by John Wetzel (left), secretary of the …

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Apr 11

On ‘Radio Times': Mentally Ill Inmates Overwhelm Pa. Jails

NewsWorks Nationally, prisons and jails are turning into modern day mental institutions. There’s an increase of people with serious mental illnesses being locked up behind bars. In Pennsylvania, the state Department of Corrections announced a plan to introduce the Stepping Up Initiative — a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses …

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Apr 07

Corrections Leaders Visit with White House Staff about Criminal Justice Issues

By CSG Justice Center Staff From left: Secretary Wetzel, Director Kempf, Director Cook, Commissioner Dunn, and Secretary Tilley. National and state corrections leaders visited the White House last week to discuss several key issues that they believe impact public safety in their states and others across the country. The leaders, representing Alabama, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and …

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Apr 04

Can Pennsylvania Find a Way out for Thousands of Mentally Ill Inmates Languishing in County Jails?

Philly.com By Samantha Melamed Bruce Herdman, chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, sometimes describes the county jails this way: “This is the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” Forty percent of Philadelphia inmates are on psychotropic medications; 17 percent have what’s considered a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, …

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Apr 04

Pennsylvania Joins Stepping Up Initiative

The Sentinel By Joshua Vaughn Each year an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illness are admitted into county jails and prisons in the United States, according to Richard Cho, Council of State Governments Justice Center director of behavioral health. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel and Cho announced that Pennsylvania would …

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