One of the governor’s goals related to public safety is the Department of Corrections will reduce its state correction population by 5% by 2020. DOC overall total population directly drives the Department’s budget. The baseline for the goal is the total population on June 30, 2015. On June 30, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections overall population was 50,366.
This dataset contains the total number of state corrections population in the Department’s custody at the end of each month, including those in prison, in contracted county jails, in community phases of the State Intermediate Punishment (SIP) program, in Parole Violator Centers (PVCs), and on temporary transfer to other jurisdictions.
DOC publishes a Monthly Population Report to the DOC Website (www.cor.pa.gov). The information published to the website includes the data set and breakdown of populations in each institution.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP) are jointly responsible for managing various administrative processes that are key drivers of the state prison population. These key areas of joint DOC/PBPP operations which affect the prison population include:
Interviews - Parole Board capacity for scheduling and conducting parole interviews
Pending Release - Inmates approved for parole but still pending release from prison for various reasons
Release - The number of inmates released onto parole supervision, either in a community corrections center (halfway house) or at home
Parole Violator – Re-admission to PA DOC custody for a parole violation
The primary objective of this dashboard is to provide a tool for monitoring/managing progress towards improvements in these areas which will enable more efficient management of the prison population. By achieving improvements in these areas, the ultimate outcomes will be cost reduction, public safety enhancement, and prison population reduction.
This dataset is quarterly Department of Corrections department-wide data including inmate drug finds per 1,000, percent of random positive drug tests, inmate on staff assaults per 1,000, inmate on inmate assaults per 1,000, number of written drug misconduct charges per 1,000, violence per 1,000, inmate ER trips per 1,000, inmate drug overdoses per 1,000, and number of drug exposure Emergency Room trips for staff.
Null field signifies the data was not available yet.