Debating Pennsylvania’s prison system
August 1, 2012
Two months ago, we had Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Corrections Secretary JOHN WETZEL on the show, discussing his work leading the commonwealthâ€™s corrections policy, management and reform. Wetzel, who rose up through the ranks from corrections officer to cabinet secretary, is also part of a coalition working to reform some aspects of the Pennsylvania prison system. During and after that show, we heard from critics of the stateâ€™s prison systems as part of the Decarcerate PA coalition, which seeks nothing less than â€śan end to mass incarceration and the harm it brings to our communities.â€ť They challenged Secretary Wetzel to a debate on our show, and he readily accepted, and thatâ€™s todayâ€™s Radio Times â€“ another look at prisons and corrections reform in Pennsylvania. Joining Secretary Wetzel in our studio is SARAH MORRIS, a founding member of Decarcerate PA and a coordinator of the Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project, which works to end the practice of trying and incarcerating young people as adults.