Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952514 | Print ISBN: 9780761927310 | Online ISBN: 9781412952514| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Pennsylvania Prison Society
Charles B. Fields
The Pennsylvania Prison Society was founded in 1787. The oldest prison reform organization in the United States, it was originally known as the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons. Today, the society continues to advocate for the humane treatment of prisoners and improved prison conditions while assisting discharged offenders. The mission of the Pennsylvania Prison Society “is to advocate for a humane, just and restorative correctional system, and to promote a rational approach to criminal justice issues.” Among its stated goals are the following: To monitor correctional facilities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, advocating for remedial action where unsafe or inhumane conditions exist, and to urge the reaction and maintenance of constructive institutional environments. To ensure development and implementation of policies that will improve prison conditions and programs, and to challenge corrections professionals to remain informed about innovations in the field and apply them. To support prisoners, ...