Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Press and Communications Office

The Press and Communications Office is responsible for responding to news media requests for information about department policies, procedures, programs, employees and the inmate and reentrant populations.

Reporters with microphones and cameras during an interview

Press and Communications Office media contact information for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is listed below. 

Maria Bivens, Press Secretary |

Kurt Bopp, Digital Director |

Ryan Tarkowski, Communications Director |

Additionally, each state correctional institution has a dedicated public information officer (PIO). Reporters who have questions regarding a specific facility may contact the appropriate facility PIO directly. Media questions regarding the Pennsylvania Parole Board should be sent to Special Assistant to the Chairman Janaki Theivakumaran at

NOTE to Family and Friends of Inmates: This is not the office to contact if you have an inmate issue or question. Please contact the appropriate state prison or regional deputy secretary's office.