Pracademically Speaking: The Basics of BetaGov

Introducing a new series of Lockup Lowdown: Pracademically Speaking, a series hosted by Dr. Kristofer “Bret” Bucklen, DOC’s director of planning, research and statistics. Bucklen is also the agency’s lead for BetaGov.

In this first episode, meet Angela Hawken, PhD, a professor at NYU and founding director of BetaGov. Later in the episode, Bureau of Community Corrections Director Daniel McIntyre discusses what BCC is and how BetaGov has helped.

What Is Correctional Industries?

Many inmates have the opportunity to learn a skill and work a paying job while serving their sentence in prison thanks to Correctional Industries. In this episode of “Lockup Lowdown,” meet CI Director Khelleh Konteh and Sales and Marketing Manager Tracey McCullough. They explain how CI works, who is eligible, what they make and much more about this critical aspect of PA DOC.

How Drugs Enter Our Prisons

Communications Director Sue McNaughton sits down with Major William Nicklow and SCI Coal Township Captain George Burns to learn about how drugs get into our facilities—and how we’re stopping them. This conversation took place Nov. 8, 2018.

Bustin’ Walls – Episode 4: Meet Librarian Jeri Stewart – Life at a Prison Library

This is a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections podcast where listeners get a real look inside the field of corrections with one of the top DOCs in the nation.

This episode of “Bustin’ Walls” features an interview with SCI Mahanoy librarian Jeri Stewart. In this informative episode, Jeri talks about how she became a prison librarian and why she finds the job so rewarding and fulfilling. She talks about the many offerings within the Mahanoy libraries and why access to libraries is important to inmates. And she brings us up to date her prison “Reading Challenge” that has helped encourage inmates to discover new books and expand their knowledge.

“Safe Return” – Philadelphia

In this podcast, listeners hear from Deputy Secretary for Field Services Christian Stephens. We learn about his employment background and also about the upcoming “Safe Return” which is set for May 1 – 3, 2018, in Philadelphia

Event:  Safe Return
Date:     May 1-3, 2018
Time:    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
Location:  Enon Tabernacle Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave.