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Pennsylvania

Map of Pennsylvania with spikes representing the active metric for each facility.

1

860

1.7k

Spikes represent the cumulative cases in a facility for incarcerated people

Statewide among incarcerated people

Cases

Cumulative Case Rate

Data Grade

State Facilities

11,118

29%

Federal Facilities

3,378

40%

ICE Detention Centers

469

89%

Statewide among staff

Cases

Data Grade

State Facilities

4,830

Federal Facilities

Unavailable

ICE Detention Centers

Unavailable

Facilities by

FacilityIncarcerated PeopleStaff

Philadelphia Dept Of Jails

County Jails

1,719N/A

Dallas Correctional Institution

State Facilities

1,277274

Forest Correctional Institution

State Facilities

1,000150

Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex

Federal Facilities

957N/A

Smithfield Correctional Institution

State Facilities

874211

Data Reporting & Quality Scorecard

Data Reporting
& Quality Grade
C*

This scorecard assesses data reporting and quality for the state department of corrections in Pennsylvania. Read more about our scoring methodology and to see how this jurisdiction compares to other state and federal systems.

Scores assessed as of May 10, 2021. Scores will be reevaluated on a monthly basis.

*

In the past, we have observed fluctuations in the total number of COVID-19 tests and deaths reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. In January, the agency took its dashboard offline while implementing improvements and reinstated it in mid-April, after several months of limited data reporting.

Data reporting for incarcerated people
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsreported at the facility level

By facility

Active Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Tests Administeredreported at the facility level

By facility

Populationreported at the facility level

By facility

Vaccinationsreported at the facility level

By facility

Data reporting for staff
Cumulative Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Cumulative Deathsnot reported

None

Active Casesreported at the facility level

By facility

Tests Administerednot reported

None

Populationnot reported

None

Vaccinationsreported at the facility level

By facility

Data quality
Machine ReadableNo

No

Regularly UpdatedYes

Yes

Clearly DefinedYes

Yes

Contextualized HistoricallyYes

Yes

Legal Filings and Court Orders Related to COVID-19

7

number of courts

16

number of facilities

5

compassionate releases granted

23

filings coded by our team

Our project collaborates with Bronx Defenders, Columbia Law School’s Center for Institutional and Social Change, and Zealous to collect legal documents from around the country related to COVID-19 and incarceration. Together, we then organize and code them into the jointly managed Health is Justice litigation hub for public defenders, litigators, and other advocates. The majority of the legal documents in the Health is Justice litigation hub are federal court opinions, but we are expanding to state legal filings, declarations, and exhibits.

In addition to the Health is Justice litigation hub, our project also manages additional data self-reported by advocates regarding COVID-19-related legal filings involving incarcerated youth and individuals in immigration detention.

For more COVID-19-related legal filings, please visit the University of Michigan Law School’s Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, COVID-19 Special Collection.

Prison and Jail Releases Related to COVID-19

We collect data on jurisdictions across the U.S. that have released people from adult prison and jail custody in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JurisdictionFacility/facilitiesAuthorizing agent(s)Date*Overall population reduction/total number of releases**Population prior to releases***Known facility capacity****Release detailsSource
AlleghenyAlleghendy County Jaildistrict court administrator4/13/2020134524882400Vulnerable populations
BlairBlair County Jailpublic county defender4/8/2020249384350
BucksBucks County JailDistrict attorney5/13/2020734952376Parole/probation violation, Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence
BucksCounty-wide jails4/14/2020250909Minor offenses, Short remaining sentence, Vulnerable populations
ClearfieldClearfield County Jailcounty court system5/14/2020103179139
  1. For the most part, we only include release efforts where the data source includes some sort of programmatic description of who is being released (e.g., people with technical violations of parole, people charged with non-violent crimes, etc.). You can find our full prison releases dataset here and jail releases dataset here.

  2. *date of releases, if available. Otherwise, date on which releases first were reported.

  3. **total number of releases reported when available. Otherwise, the change in population to which the releases contributed is reported.

  4. ***last reported inmate population before releases were realized

  5. ****capacity is often determined differently across jurisdictions and some facilities often report more than one capacity number. In these cases, we report the higher of the figures available.

Grassroots and Community Organizing Efforts Related to COVID-19

Our team collects data on grassroots and community organizing efforts by incarcerated people, their families, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and advocates aimed at influencing government agencies to protect the lives of people incarcerated in prisons, jails, and detention centers against the threats posed by COVID-19.

Target facilityCountyDate of actionOrganizationType of effortInternal or externalEffort concernsSource
Dauphin11/23/2020Poor People’s Campaign, the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration, the Human Rights Coalition, Abolition Law CenterCar rally and protestInternalAccelerated releases
Dallas Correctional InstitutionLuzerne County2/1/2021Maroon Party for LiberationOnline ActionInternalAccelerated releases
Franklin County JailFranklin3/29/2020 - 4/8/2020People incarcerated at Franklin County JailHunger StrikeCoordinatedSanitation improvements
ICE York County PrisonYork County3/28/2020ICE DetaineesHunger StrikeExternalSanitation improvements
PHILADELPHIA FEDERAL DETENTION CENTERPhilidelphia11/28/2020Workers World Party Philadelphia and other organizationsProtestInternalAccelerated releases
  1. You can find our full dataset here.