Corrections Secretary Wetzel: One-Third Of All New State Prison Inmates Have A Sentence Of One Year Or Less
One-third of all new state prison innmates are serving a sentence of a year or less when they enter Pennsylvania's prison system, putting a strain on resources and increasing the likelihood that they'll become repeat offenders, Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said this afternoon.
"This system was developed for major offenders," Wetzel said during an appearance before the Pennsylvania Press Club. "It was never set up for relatively short-term offenders."
Wetzel said the agency has entered into a partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Council of State Governments to do a top-to-bottom review of the way the Corrections Department delivers services. It's a process he described as "justice reinvestment."
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