Bustin’ Walls: Meet Becky MacDicken

Unlike most employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, Becky MacDicken spends most of her days in a prison. Becky travels all over the state teaching inmates all about finances and why it’s important. Originally she just started with soon-to-be-released Juvenile Lifers, but her role expanded when staff realized most inmates could benefit from her lessons. Now Becky finds herself educating inmates about what is credit, why is it important, why should they care about it and how financial education can help them be successful upon release. In this episode of Bustin’ Walls, DOC Secretary John Wetzel interviews Becky to hear about her experiences and what she has learned along the way.

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.

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.

Bustin’ Walls – Episode 1: Meet PA’s Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm

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.

In this episode, DOC Secretary John Wetzel, the host of “Bustin’ Walls,” interviews Pennsylvania Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm about her background and what led her to become the state’s top victim advocate.

The two also discuss the variety of programs and services available through her office. Learn more by visiting OVA’s website at www.ova.pa.gov