Category: Stepping Up Pennsylvania

Apr 05

Corrections Launching Study On Mentally Ill Inmates In County Jails

WESA By Katie Meyer The commonwealth is embarking on a long-term plan to reduce the numbers of mentally ill inmates in county prisons. The project will see the Department of Corrections team up with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national organization it has previously worked with to reduce state prison costs. Richard …

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Apr 05

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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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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Apr 04

Podcast: Alternatives to Prison for People with Mental Illness

WITF By Rich Copeland Nearly two million people with serious mental illnesses are incarcerated in America every year.  About a quarter of Pennsylvania’s prisoners suffer from mental illness.  The chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons describes the state’s county jail system as “the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” …

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