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I.To monitor correctional facilities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, advocating for remedial action where unsafe or inhumane conditions exist, and to urge the creation and maintenance of constructive institutional environments. II. To ensure development and implementation of policies that will improve prison conditions and programs, and to challenge corrections professional to remain informed about innovations in the field and apply them. III. To support prisoners, their families and those recently released in their efforts toward self-help and development, and to reduce their pain and misery through visitation, services, and intervention. IV. To advocate for rational and progressive criminal justice legislation and programs, recognizing our overuse of incarceration as a failed experiment in crime control. To, therefore, substantially reduce the use of incarceration, through the implementation or more appropriate correctional settings. V. To inform, educate and mobilize the public to promote correctional reform in Pennsylvania, and to coordinate the networking and exchange of information among constituencies engaged in these efforts and similar activities involving criminal justice reform.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Prison Society is a private, nonprofit agency governed by a board of directors. It is aided chapters organized by county in a statewide network of Official Visitors.
Programs: Family Resource Center at SCI Graterford prison, Family Virtual Visitation, Family Transportation Services, Re-Entry Services, Support for Kids with Incarcerated Parents, Working Group to Enhance Services for Incarcerated Women.
Publications: Correctional Forum, Graterfriends.
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