PDP employee wins 2016 Richardson Dilworth Award for Innovation in Government
Sep 14, 2016
Congratulations to the PDP’s Laura Cassidy, one of three winners of the 2016 distinguished Richardson Dilworth Award!
The 2016 Richardson Dilworth Award for Innovation in Government is awarded to Laura Cassidy, Sustainability Manager for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. This award honors a City employee who successfully initiated and implemented an innovative idea that brought about dramatic results.
Laura Cassidy has a 21-year tenure with the City of Philadelphia. As the Sustainability Manager for the Department of Prisons, a role she has held for the last 10 years, Laura manages the Department’s green programs. Under Laura’s direction, the Department has made significant strides in reducing its waste output and creating avenues for inmates to develop meaningful skills to aid them as returning citizens. In 2008, Laura helped start the Department’s first single-stream recycling program, and in 2011, she implemented Philadelphia’s first City-run captive food waste composting program.
Together, these two initiatives divert an estimated 685 tons of waste destined for landfills annually, saving the City more than $40,000 in landfill costs each year. Cassidy is also responsible for the successful implementation of the Philadelphia Prison Orchard Project—a two-acre orchard at the Philadelphia Industrial Corrections Center which houses over 200 fruit-bearing trees and bushes, making it the largest urban orchard in the City. The Orchard Project is integrated into the prison composting system, and together, these two initiatives serve as the basis of a Temple University vocational horticultural certificate program offered to inmates.
“We are extremely proud of Ms. Cassidy and the work that she has done to promote sustainability in areas where you least expect,” said Blanche Carney, Commissioner of the Department of Prisons. “These programs not only lessen the environmental footprints of the PDP, they also educate inmates by providing hands-on training in employable trades. The inmates in the Sustainability programs are able to earn certificates and educational training through Temple University’s partnership with the PDP in the orchard program.”
Register for Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit!
May 13, 2016
The Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit brings together the communities that are affected by the parallel crises of HIV and mass imprisonment. With a focus on community-led responses to the crisis in the criminal justice system, workshops reflect the needs of prisoners and former prisoners and will highlight the work being done to improve conditions inside the prison walls and in the communities to which prisoners are returning. Additional information
End Aids 2015 Annual Conference
Apr 02, 2015
Join Us for our First Annual End AIDS Conference!
When: Monday, June 8th, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 13th and Arch Streets
With over 50 workshops and over 1,500 people expected to attend, this year’s End AIDS 2015 Conference promises to offer something for everyone. Our hope is to bring the latest knowledge of prevention and treatment tools to the wider community and create more integrated outreach efforts in Philadelphia.
Reverend Dr. Damone B. Jones appointed new Chairman Board of Trustees of Philadelphia Prisons System
Mar 12, 2015
Philadelphia, Pa - Reverend Dr. Damone B. Jones, Senior Pastor at Bible Way Baptist Church in West Philadelphia has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Philadelphia Prison System by Mayor Michael Nutter. The Board of Trustees' primary role is to provide guidance and oversight of operations within the Philadelphia Prison System. This includes measuring and controlling the population of the prison, as well educating and preparing inmates for re-entry into society.
Dr. Jones earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from Philadelphia Biblical University. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.
Dr. Jones has a passion for helping at-risk youth, it fostered his commitment to serve at the Philadelphia Youth Detention Center as Coordinating Chaplain, as a panelist for the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel, and as President of the Police Clergy Program in the 19th Police District. Dr. Jones also served his community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Carroll Park Community Council.
In 2001, Mayor John F. Street appointed Dr. Jones to the City of Philadelphia’s Board of Ethics and to a Blue Ribbon Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health for Philadelphia in 2006. Dr. Jones was appointed by Mayor Nutter to the Advisory Board of the Mayor’s Office of Community Services in 2008 and to the again to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics in 2009. In 2010, Mayor Nutter appointed Dr. Jones to the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System. In December 2014, then Governor elect Tom Wolfe appointed Dr. Jones to his Transition Team for Corrections in Pennsylvania. Dr. Jones is the successor of Attorney/Philanthropist Steven Madva, who retired as the PPS’ Chairman of the Board of Trustees in January, 2015. Mr. Madva served as Chairman since 2008.
Check out the video recap from AIDS Education Month 2013
Apr 03, 2014
A brief video to recap all of the activities that took place during AIDS Education Month 2013 this past June. Watch Video
Philadelphia Prisons Orchard to Cultivate skills and jobs
Apr 03, 2014
PHILADELPHIA On a grassy field outside the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, where the windows are narrow, the brick walls run high, and the barbed wire seems to twist around the metal fences forever, inmate Joseph Saunders stood shoulder to shoulder Tuesday with Mayor Nutter. Read press release
Inmates Socialize Rescue Dogs for Adoption
Nov 12, 2012
Commissioner Giorla, Warden Bryant, Deputy Warden Hatcher and staff greet Elvis, a silver pit bull, and the New Leash on Life program participants. The New Leash on Life program teaches inmates to train and socialize rescued dogs to be adopted into welcoming homes.
The American Journal of Medicine article was written in part by Dr. Bruce Herdman Chief of Medical Operations for the Philadelphia Prison System.
Annual Prison Health Summit to be Held in Philadelphia
Jun 19, 2012
Philadelphia F.I.G.H.T is hosting the Annual Prison Health Summit on June 19, 2012 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
Warden Bryant Featured in American Corrections Today
Jan 01, 2012
Warden Karen Bryant was featured in the January 2012 issue of American Corrections Today magazine. Warden Bryant spoke in the importance of continued education in the corrections field as well as taking advantage of opportunities when they arise.
Warden Bryant reflected on the support she has received from Commissioner Giorla and the PPS staff while in pursuit of her career and how she intends to pay it forward.
PPS Spreads Holiday Cheer
Dec 16, 2008
PPS carries on its tradition of sharing Holiday Cheer with its neighbors at the Riverview Home. Wardens Clyde Gainey (CFCF) and Arthur Blackmon (ASD) present clothing and puzzles and games to Sallie Fisher, Superintendent of Riverview Home.
Mayor Unveils Solar Water Heating System for Riverside Correctional Facility
Dec 04, 2008
First large urban jail in the country to install roof-based solar water heating system.
Mural Celebrating Prison Employees
May 01, 2008
Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined Prison Commissioner Louis Giorla and the staff of the Philadelphia Prison System for Opening Day Celebration of Correctional Employee Week at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
Prison plan targets recidivism, staff morale and Overcrowding
Apr 24, 2008
The City Prisons Commissioner has outlined strategies to reduce prison overcrowding, fight recidivism and improve prison-staff morale in a report.
A Tool for Better Justice; Advisory Board has Much Potential
Apr 02, 2008
Mayor Nutter promoted Louis Giorla to Prison Commissioner and signed an executive order to have him put together a report in 30 days on the state of Philadelphia's prisons.
What's new with the Philadelphia Prison System
Jul 21, 2006
Flag lowering ceremony for Warden Thomas A. Shields who retired on Friday July the 21st, after working for the Philadelphia Prison System for over 53 years.