A Look at the Sgt. Mark Baserman Scholarship

In a special episode of Lockup Lowdown, SCI Somerset Captain Joseph Furman discusses the Sgt. Mark Baserman Scholarship, a memorial fund through the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown in honor of Sgt. Baserman. Learn about what the fund is, what its goals are and what is coming up in the future. Anyone interested in purchasing fundraising items for the fund can contact Cpt. Furman or Caitlin Weigle at 814-443-8100. If you’d like to sign up for the upcoming Fun Color Walk/Run, sign  up on the Baserman Fund’s Facebook page.

Pracademically Speaking: Understanding Performance Through Excellence

In the second episode of Pracademically Speaking, Bret Bucklen dives into the Governor’s Office of Performance Through Excellence, including what it is, why it was formed and what they are doing to help the commonwealth improve efficiency. Later Bret talks with a parole agent to discover what BetaGov programs look like in the field.

Preparing Inmates for Success: A Look at Career Pathways

The Pennsylvania DOC knows programming to increase job readiness leads to better inmate outcomes. As part of these efforts, the DOC is spearheading an effort to build a Career Pathways framework that prepares inmates with in-demand skills and connects them to jobs, support services and ongoing education upon release. In this episode, meet Dorenda Hamarlund, Career Pathways program manager, and Terri Fazio, director of the Bureau of Correction Education, as they discuss the success of the program and what’s in store for the future.

How Medication Is Treating Substance Use Disorder

Did you know medication is the gold standard in treating opioid addiction?  It’s no different inside our facilities, and in this episode of Lockup Lowdown, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Statewide Coordinator Steve Seitchik explains. Seitchik introduces what MAT is and how it’s currently used inside DOC facilities, and he outlines where he’d like to see it go in the future.

Sending Mail and Books 101

In order to keep drugs out of our facilities, the DOC made sweeping changes to our policies on sending mail and books to inmates. In this episode of Lockup Lowdown, meet Diana Woodside, director of policy, grants and legislative affairs, and Jill Deiley, senior policy analyst, and learn about why we made the changes and how exactly the changes work. We asked Diana and Jill some of the most common questions we receive regarding mail and books, and they answered each one to help clarify and inform how it all works now.