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: 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

MYO Inter-Jamaat 15-over final billed for tonight under lights

first_imgTHE final of the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) Inter-Jamaat 15-over softball cricket competition is set for Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground this evening under lights.Prior to the championship clash, the four top teams in the competition will battle it out in the semi-finals, which are scheduled to start at the same venue from 14:30hrs.Keion De Jesus scored 122 for NA Masjid in the preliminary rounds.MYO, who finished as the best preliminary team, will face New Amsterdam Masjid, while the Diamond New Scheme (who got the second highest points) will battle Tuschen Train Station Masjid.Both games will be played simultaneously with the third place battle (a 10-over affair) set to start right after.The final will commence at 18:30hrs.MYO, which included a number of second-division hardball cricketers, will look to go all the way. They have a balanced side with the likes of Saheed Gittens, Javid Kayum, Richard Latiff, Safraz Esau, Timor Mohamed, Shafeek Ishmael and Majeed Khan in the mix. The team also has three U-15 players hungry to make their mark.Diamond New Scheme Jamaat, on the other hand, are armed with some seasoned softball players. A no-nonsense top order that can be destructive on a given day, with the likes of Rawl Reid, Ameer Khan, Patrick Khan and Rickey Sargeant. They are confident of taking home the hardware.From the Ancient County of Berbice are New Amsterdam Masjid, who are a resilient and a well-balanced side, with the likes of Keion DeJesus, who owns the tournament’s highest score of 122 runs against LBI in the preliminary round and Wahab Riaz who took the best bowling figures of 7-16 in the same game.Rawl Reid is expected to play his part for Diamond New Scheme Jamaat.Finally, newcomer Tuschen Train Station Masjid, who are considered the underdogs, but proved in the early rounds that they can create an upset on their day.That side includes a bowling attack, led by captain Anthony Kandar and Harry Singh and batting, led by Daniel Chunoo and Timothy Persaud.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball game day: What to know about Pittsburgh matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 11, 2017 at 9:09 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse will look to extend its winning streak to six games when it takes on Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Orange (16-9, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) beat the Panthers, 77-66, on Jan. 7 in the Carrier Dome. Now, SU will go for the season sweep of Pitt at the Petersen Events Center.Here are answers to your pressing game day questions.How can you watch the game? Syracuse-Pitt will air on the ACC Network. In the Syracuse area, it’ll air on NBC affiliates. Here are channel listings based on provider.• Time Warner: 1203 (high-definition) and 3 (suburbs) or 4 (city) for non-digital subscribers• DirecTV: 3• Verizon Fios: 503 (high-definition) and 3 (standard-definition)• Dish Network: 3• New Visions: 603 (high-definition) and 3 (standard-definition)Here are channels the game will be on throughout the rest of New York.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlbany (WNYA)Binghamton (WBPN)Buffalo (WNLO)Burlington-Plattsburgh (WPTZ-D3)Elmira (WJKP)New York City (WLNY)Rochester (WHAM-D2)Utica (WPNY)Watertown (WWTI)For nationwide listings, click here.What do our beat writers predict? Find out, here.How does walk-on Adrian Autry Jr. contribute to the Orange? By serving as SU’s ‘Handshake Guy.’What must Taurean Thompson improve? The next step for him is to avoid foul trouble.What else should you know about Pitt? Here’s a preview of the Panthers. Commentslast_img read more