Pennsylvania Department of Corrections [ ]
Ensuring the safety of our citizens through prevention, preparedness and response.
As the inmate population increases, costs to house and care for them increases.
Despite crime rates that have been mostly stable or declining, Pennsylvania's incarceration rate has risen dramatically over the past several decades, with especially large growth occurring during the last few years.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections uses rehabilitation practices that have the best scientific support and show the greatest promise of being effective.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is committed to maintaining a safe and secure prison system for both inmates and DOC staff, and enhancing public safety by turning our offenders who are less likely to commit additional crimes that when they entered the prison system.
Testimony by Secretary Jeffery A Beard, Ph.D. that will focus on the growing inmate population and the casual factors behind this increase. I will also provide some recommendations which can begin to help control this growth while also improving public safety.
Pennsylvania has a distinguished reputation in penology. The commonwealth was the birthplace of the penitentiary concept, also known as the Pennsylvania System. Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829, on a cherry orchard outside of Philadelphia, and it was considered at the time to be “the world's greatest penitentiary.” Known to historians as "the first true penitentiary," Eastern State operated until 1970.
A brief overview of those inmates in the custody of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as of December 31, 2010. This information includes basic demographics, committing county, and assessment results.
A brief overview of those inmates in the custody of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as of December 31, 2009. This information includes basic demographics, committing county, and assessment results.
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