Open Letter: Dauphin County Prison COVID-19 Response

Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo President Judge John Cherry Harrisburg City Police Chief Thomas Carter Director of Corrections Brian Clark Dauphin County Adult Probation Director Chad Libby Dauphin County Sheriff Nick Chimienti Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III COVID-19 presents an incredible challenge for Dauphin County, and this challenge is particularly stark for our community members that are incarcerated at Dauphin County Prison. Public health officials agree that prisons and jails have high infection rates and limited ability to fight the spread of infectious diseases. The tools that prisons have available often result …

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Watch: NJ Eliminates most cash bail, Leads nation in bail reforms by PBS News Hour

From PBS News Hour:

In states across the country, a cash bail system can mean that poor defendants remain in jail while wealthier defendants go free. But a model to address those disparities began this year in New Jersey, which has launched some of the most comprehensive bail reforms in the nation. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports as part of our “Chasing the Dream” series on poverty and opportunity in America.

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