Pennsylvania’s prisons, with Corrections Secretary John Wetzel
May 29, 2012
Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Corrections Secretary JOHN WETZEL has worked in the field for 20 years, starting as a corrections officer at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility, rising through the ranks at Berks County Prison, and serving as warden of the Franklin County Jail, among other positions. Now heâ€™s Governor Tom Corbettâ€™s point man on corrections policy, management and reform. He recently joined a diverse coalition across the political spectrum to call for reforms including diverting more criminals to non-custodial programs and speeding up the parole process. Weâ€™ll talk to Secretary Wetzel about his career, his efforts to improve incarceration, probation, parole, treatment and diversion in Pennsylvania. And weâ€™ll also hear from MARK BERGSTROM, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing, about efforts including Governor Corbettâ€™s Justice Reinvestment Initiative.