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Pennsylvania Looks To Scandinavia For Lessons On Prison Conditions
By wesa.fm- An-Li Herring
Published: 05/21/2019

Pennsylvania corrections secretary John Wetzel remembers that when he toured prisons in Germany and the Netherlands several years ago, it was a “transformative experience.”

“The culture and environment they were able to create inside their prisons were something that I never had seen or experienced before,” he said. “And at the time, I had well over 25 years of experience and toured literally hundreds of facilities here in America.”

More than a dozen Pennsylvania prison staff will soon see the difference for themselves, as part of a research trip to Sweden and Norway this summer. Last week, the department announced it had received a grant to complete the research from the Arnold Ventures foundation, which funds criminal justice reform efforts across the country. The grant totals more than $163,000.

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