SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: John Wetzel, Secretary of Corrections BLOG: Reducing Crime and Investing in Re-Entry and Mental Health Treatment January 29, 2016 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.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1 The World Cup is now a mere fading memory as manager, players and fans prepare the the start of the new Premier League season next weekend.Having had a chance to impress at the World Cup and throughout pre-season, coaches have had plenty of time to mull over their preferred starting XI that might most likely challange for glory.So could Jose Mourinho give us a glimpse of what many are touting to be a Premier League-winning side in their penultimate friendly tie against Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros on Sunday?There’s still much to learn about the club’s goalkeeper situation, though Petr Cech is likely to be the Blues’ number one for another season despite Thibaut Courtois proving he is more than capable following three campaigns on loan at La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.Captain John Terry and Gary Cahill are perhaps one of those most solid centre-back partnerships in England, while Cesar Azpilicueta may switch over to his preferred right-back position to accommodate for summer arrival Filipe Luis to complete the back-four.In midfield, holding commander Nemanja Matic impressed at the tail end of last season and has only strengthened his starting spot over the summer, while landmark signing Cesc Fabregas and Brazilian starlet Oscar could prove a formidable creative duo behind a three-man attack.And what an attack it is, with electric Belgian Eden Hazard and World Cup winner Andre Schurrle – who was a key man for Germany in Brazil – on either flank in support of new frontman Diego Costa, who will aim to continue his outrageous goalscoring form for Atletico on English shores this season.So is this the team Mourinho will pick to face Ferencvaros in Budapest?