Prisons and Corrections in the News

Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley - Prisons and Corrections in the News

  Lehigh County - Access to Criminal Justice Data:

  Police Reform:

  Response to COVID-19 Pandemic:

  Also, see what else is happening in other states.

  Bail Reform Push-Back:

  Probation and Parole Reform:

  Also see Probation and Parole Reform resources.

  Fair Commutation, Not Mass Incarceration

    PA Board of Pardons needs more compassion


  The Probation Trap - (Philadelphia Inquirer series - 2019)
  • "Everyone is Detained" (Dec. 27, 2019) How probation detainers can keep people locked up indefinitely - even when they haven't committed a crime.
  • "Living in Fear" (Oct. 24, 2019) Probation is meant to keep people out of jail. But intense monitoring leaves tens of thousands across the state at risk of incarceration.
  • "Judges Rule" (Oct. 24, 2019) When it comes to probation, Pennsylvania has left judges unchecked to impose wildly different versions of justice.
  • "Pushing Addiction" (Oct. 24, 2019) Courts recognize addiction is a disease. Yet, for people on probation, they continue punishing relapse with prison
  • "The Marijuana Paradox" (Oct. 24, 2019) Philadelphia has decriminalized marijuana, but those who get high on probation still risk incarceration.

  Bail Reform

Letters to the Editor

Lehigh County Jail

For other resources, see POWER Lehigh Valley - End Mass Incarceration