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The mission of Philadelphia Prison System is to provide a
secure correctional environment that adequately detains persons
accused or convicted of illegal acts;to provide programs,services,
and supervision in a safe,lawful,clean,humane environment;and
to prepare incarcerated persons for reentry into society.
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Welcome to the website of the Philadelphia Prison System, the birthplace of modern corrections. It is our hope that visitors to the website will better understand who we are, the services we provide, and how we carry out our mission.

Our job is to ensure the security and safety of the inmates who are entrusted to our care, as well as the protection of the citizens of Philadelphia. We also share a fundamental responsibility to provide services that will help inmates return to our communities with the skills, knowledge and support that they need. We cooperate in this effort with public and private agencies, advocacy groups, faith based organizations and community organizations.

RECENT NEWS
  MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER & COMMISSIONER LOUIS GIORLA UNVEILS SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEM FOR RIVERSIDE CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

First large urban jail in the country to install roof-based solar water heating system. Philadelphia, December 4.                  Click here for full story

Click here for jail based solar project fact sheet
Click here for additional photos

 


 

MESSAGE FROM PPS
Philadelphia Prison System
Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Report
COMMUNITY

For all questions please go to our Office of Community Justice and Outreach.

Located on the grounds of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional facility, CJO  is open Monday - Friday 8AM to 4PM and accepts complaints and suggestions concerning prison operations while disseminating information about prisons operations and services.

 

HISTORY

History of the Philadelphia Prison System
The City's Walnut Street Jail (1773-1835), located one block below Independence Hall, is cited by historians as the birthplace of the penitentiary. Click here to read the full history .

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