Category: Pennsylvania

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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Editorial: ‘Stepping up’ on Prison Reform

The Intelligencer “This is the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” The guy making that crack about jail isn’t a psychiatrist or some sort of credentialed mental health expert. He’s Bruce Herdman, chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. The point Herdman was making to a reporter for the Philadelphia …

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