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What we do
The Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP) provides a secure correctional environment to detain people accused or convicted of illegal acts. The PDP operates four facilities:
- Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF)
- The Detention Center (DC)
- Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC)
- Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF)
To prepare incarcerated people for successful re-entry after their release, we also offer the following programs and services:
- Job training
- Educational services
- Parenting classes
- Substance abuse services
- Behavioral health therapy
- Counseling, individual, and group therapy
Blanche Carney, commissioner of the Philadelphia Prisons Department (PDP), is a graduate of Lincoln University and Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work. Carney began her career with the PDP as a social worker. She was promoted to social work supervisor, responsible for the intake unit at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Carney was instrumental in implementing gender-responsive training to correctional officers, treatment staff, and contractors.
A strong advocate for drug and alcohol treatment and transitional services, Carney was promoted to the position of human services program administrator, where she implemented several groundbreaking new programs promoting efficient and effective services to the inmate population. In January 2015, Carney was promoted to deputy commissioner for restorative and transitional services, where she continued her commitment to providing evidence-based programs and services to the inmate population. In this role, she was instrumental in leading the PDP to provide reentry skills and education programming to inmates who will be returning to our communities. Her role was integral in the City of Philadelphia winning the prestigious MacArthur Foundation grant for 3.5 million dollars. The grant challenged multiple jurisdictions to re-examine the approach to mass incarceration to develop and enact alternatives to incarceration for accused, non-violent offenders.