BLOG: Reducing Crime and Investing in Re-Entry and Mental Health Treatment

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: John Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections BLOG: Reducing Crime and Investing in Re-Entry and Mental Health Treatment January 29, 2016center_img Read more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Criminal Justice Reform,  Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Human Services,  Prison Reform,  The Blog,  Year in Review In 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections completed several initiatives in keeping with Governor Wolf’s promise of Government that Works.These accomplishments demonstrate the department’s commitment to its mission:  to reduce criminal behavior by providing individualized treatment and education to offenders, resulting in successful community reintegration through accountability and positive change.Reducing PopulationGovernor Wolf and I announced in early 2016 that Pennsylvania’s state inmate population decreased by nearly 850 inmates in 2015, which represents the greatest one-year decline in population over the last 40 years. This announcement is the capstone to a year of accomplishment for the system under Governor Wolf’s leadership. DOC has made smart population and recidivism reduction as well as creating efficiencies to save taxpayer dollars even greater priorities.Reducing CrimeIn 2015, Governor Wolf supported Department of Corrections officials in their continued work to reduce recidivism.  Through the use of performance-based contracts that hold vendors accountable for the programs they provide, the DOC announced an overall recidivism reduction of 11.3 percent in the community corrections system.  These results are the second consecutive period of reduction.In addition to community corrections recidivism reduction, the DOC in 2015 also announced exciting statistics that show a degrees in the six-month, one-year and three-year recidivism rates.  The latest three-year and six-month rates are the lowest ever recorded, and the one-year rate is by far the largest drop from the previous year (a total drop of 5.3 percentage points).Reducing Re-entry BarriersIn 2015, Governor Wolf gave the support necessary for Department of Corrections officials to expand their work in the area of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).  The goal is to help them eliminate the craving for heroin, which will help them to have one less barrier as they try to return to society as crime-free individuals.  Individuals who don’t crave drugs, don’t use drugs or need to commit crimes to support their additions.  This results in safer communities.Improving Mental Health ServicesIn 2015, the DOC settled a lawsuit with the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, while it continued to improve and enhance services provided to mentally ill offenders.Also, in 2015, every DOC employee was trained in Mental Health First Aid; the DOC established an Office of Mental Health Advocate; and a number of new diversionary housing units were established to ensure mentally ill offenders are not placed in restricted housing units.  Work continues in this area continually improving the DOC’s mental health.last_img read more

EPL: Champions-elect Liverpool return to winning ways

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Liverpool moved to within three wins of claiming a first league title in 30 years after passing another test of character to beat struggling Bournemouth 2-1. A huge favour from arch-rivals Manchester United in Sunday’s derby could bring a long-awaited championship even closer as Jurgen Klopp’s side extended their lead over City to 25 points. Mohamed Salah’s 80th goal on his 100th Premier League appearance made him the first Liverpool player since Michael Owen in 2002-03 to score 20-plus goals in three successive seasons, while Sadio Mane’s coolly-taken effort turned around Bournemouth’s controversial early lead, given to them by Callum Wilson. Salah’s strike, his 16th in the league this season, also took him past Luis Suarez as the club’s leading overseas scorer in the top flight. The win ended a run of three defeats in four matches in all competitions and was the ideal morale-booster before Wednesday’s pivotal Champions League last-16 tie at home to Atletico Madrid, in which they trail 1-0 after the first leg. Liverpool’s bright start belied their recent difficulties but somehow they still went behind. On this occasion, however, Klopp got the desired response, which was missing against Atletico, Watford and Chelsea. There was more than a whiff of a foul when Wilson appeared to shove Joe Gomez, who he targeted physically all game, but referee Paul Tierney started as he was to go on and allowed play to continue. That ultimately resulted in Jefferson Lerma crossing for Wilson to sidefoot home, and when VAR did not come to Liverpool’s salvation, Klopp was apoplectic. It was the fourth time in the last five matches his side had conceded the first goal, having not gone behind in the previous 14 – excluding the youth team’s League Cup defeat at Aston Villa. With an unexpected lead Bournemouth sought to capitalise and Nathan Ake’s header was pushed onto the crossbar by Adrian. Unlike in previous weeks, Liverpool found a response and turned the match around in an eight-minute spell. An injury to centre-back Steve Cook had a hugely disruptive effect on the visitors as his replacement Jack Simpson was like a rabbit caught in the headlights as he dithered before trying to dribble past Mane just 15 yards outside his own penalty area. The Senegal forward easily nicked the ball, and while his pass to Salah was behind his teammate and left him with more to do than he would have liked, the Egyptian quickly recovered control to tuck a shot inside Aaron Ramsdale’s left-hand post. It was Salah’s eight goal in six appearances against the Cherries, scoring in every game, his 14th in as many Premier League matches at Anfield and ended Liverpool’s longest goal drought (124 minutes) since February 2019. Mane put them ahead when Virgil Van Dijk’s interception and through-ball sent the unmarked Mane clear to bend a shot past Ramsdale, and James Milner should have made it three but his cushioned shot from Salah’s cross carried neither the weight nor direction to trouble the goalkeeper. Further Milner intervention in front of that same goal, albeit in the second half, prevented his side conceding an equaliser as Ryan Fraser’s lob over Adrian was certain to go in until the 34-year-old midfielder, playing at left-back after Andy Robertson was rested as a precaution, raced back to clear two yards out. With Liverpool only threatening in fits and spurts, Mane’s first-time shot from 30 yards deserved a goal, but rebounded back off the angle, while Ramsdale’s fingertips kept out Salah’s near-post effort. Klopp, sending a message to his players by furiously jabbing his temples with both index fingers, showed how conscious he was of the need to see out the final 10 minutes. The return of Klopp’s three fist pumps to the Kop – and then again to the Main Stand – was a release of his pent-up frustration as much as a celebration. By contrast Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe trudged down the tunnel after a ninth defeat in 10 away games, a run of just three victories in 18 league matches leaving them stuck in 18th and in real danger of being relegated.Tags: Eddie HoweJurgen KloppManchester UnitedMohamed SalahSadio Manelast_img read more