of Corrections Found to Be in Compliance with Inmate Civil Rights Following SCI
- The U.S. Department
of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it has completed its investigation of
alleged abuse at the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh concluding
there is insufficient evidence of any civil rights violations.
and leadership at SCI Pittsburgh, under the leadership of Department of
Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, have been innovative and comprehensive in
addressing the issues that were identified in the review,” Governor Tom Corbett
said. “This is consistent with our mission upon taking office to make
Pennsylvania’s correction systems safe, secure, effective and efficient for our
employees and inmates.”
In a letter
to Corbett, the DOJ released its findings of investigation and commended the Department
for thoroughly addressing the issues.
pleased to report that the Department of Corrections has used the months since
we opened our investigation to reform its policies and practices,” the
Department of Justice wrote. “Importantly, the reforms are already
translating into safer prison conditions at the Pittsburgh prison and
throughout the Pennsylvania prison system.
“In view of
the significant reforms that have been developed in recent months - a number of
which have already been implemented - we have decided to close our
investigation. We greatly appreciate the cooperation of Secretary of
Corrections John Wetzel and his staff have provided us throughout our
“This is a
testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the staff at SCI
Pittsburgh,” Wetzel said. “In the face of adversity, they responded with
the type of resolve that is representative of our organization.”
To read the
entire letter issued by the DOJ, visit the DOC’s website at www.cor.state.pa.us.
Susan McNaughton, 717-728-4025