Pennsylvania News Articles

 Penn. Death Row Inmates End Hunger Strike - February 5, 2003 - Death row inmates at the state prison in Graterford ended a hunger strike late Tuesday after corrections officials said they would improve conditions. 

 New prisons sit idle as states cope with busted budgets - January 6, 2003 - In Pennsylvania, where the inmate population recently topped 40,000 for the first time, new prisons were recently built in Forest and Fayette counties. But the Department of Corrections has put off their opening until at least 2004 to satisfy a state mandate to cut spending. 

 Prison Charity Chief Charged with Fraud - December 13, 2002 - For a quarter century, John Fidler was a lifeline for prison inmates. Now he could be joining them behind bars. The longtime director of the Berks County Prison Society was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges he misappropriated thousands of dollars by giving himself unapproved pay bonuses, then covering it up by falsifying records. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 250 years in prison and a $12.5 million fine.