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Editorial: This Pennsylvania prison is taking initiative, others should follow suit

SCI- Chester, located in Delaware County, is looking to adopt methods used by Scandinavian prisons focusing on rehabilitation.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 14, 2019

These efforts are a major step forward for the U.S. justice system. We need to pay attention.

Pitt professors pursue new projects with Pitt Seed grants

Pitt received 171 applications for its first-ever Seed Project grants and selected 23 projects for awards, granting a total of approximately $1 million. (Graphic by Eli Savage | Staff Illustrator)

By Mario Cattabiani III | For the Pitt News

July 11, 2018

Pitt is investing in change this summer, beginning with projects from professors at the University. The first-ever Pitt Seed Project awarded a total of more than $1 million to 23 programs designed to play an instrumental role in transforming the University. The grants will fund a wide range of faculty...

The American prison system: justice or exploitation?

The American prison system: justice or exploitation?

By Vaibhavi Patria | For The Pitt News

September 27, 2017

In Washington, Pennsylvania, a county jail captain was charged this week with stealing more than $2,000 from inmates. Charges like this are nothing new — especially in Pennsylvania. According to Prison Legal News, at least 14 Pennsylvania prison and jail guards were arrested between 2012 and 2014. Som...

Editorial: PA moratorium doesn’t solve costly death penalty problem

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks in July 2015 at Bellefonte Area High School. Wolf placed a moratorium on the death penalty in 2015. (Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 31, 2017

Execution proceedings happen in the state of Pennsylvania five times each year — yet the state hasn’t executed an inmate since 1999. Mock executions are routinely performed to ensure that in the event of an execution, the prison guards and doctors would be prepared. But right now the state isn’t ...

Editorial: Fund public defenders more, or pay for unnecessary prison sentences

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 15, 2015

According to the Social Science Research Center, more than 80 percent of people charged with felonies are indigent — or poor. These people cannot afford attorneys, and therefore, must rely on public defenders. However, since Pennsylvania is charging indigent people at such a high rate, 73 percent ...

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