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.

PA DOC General Podcast – Updating Educational Computers

Updating Educational Computers

Recorded on October 3, 2017, DOC Bureau of Correction Education Director Terri Fazio talks about how her bureau is working with the DOC’s Bureau of Information Technology to update inmate education computers.

Bustin’ Walls – Episode 3: Meet Dorenda Hamarlund – Today’s Inmate is Tomorrow’s Neighbor”

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 the DOC’s Career Pathways Program Manager Dorenda Hamarlund and highlights her work to manage implementation of a career pathways framework within Pennsylvania’s state prisons.

Funded by a three-year, $1 million “Improving Reentry Education” grant that the DOC received from the U.S. Department of Education, Hamarlund brings with her experience from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Prison Industry Authority (CAL-PIA).

Bustin’ Walls – Episode 2: Meet Ryan Yoder – Striving to be the Voice for Incarcerated Veterans

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 the DOC’s Statewide Veterans Coordinator Ryan Yoder and highlights his work in which he oversees services provided to inmate veterans at three veterans service units in the DOC, as well as working with veteran inmates throughout the system to ensure they have access to services to which they are entitled. Secretary John Wetzel says that Yoder has a “unique combination of experience and education” that allows him to assist the more than 3,300 veterans serving in our state prison system.