Forensic Fridays

Forensic Fridays is a CLE and professional education series offered three to four times yearly both onsite and/or online to eligible professionals. Also open to the general public, programs in this series are approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for anywhere from 3 to 6 hours of Substantive and/or Ethics CLE credit, and are eligible for other professional continuing education credit as noted.

Corrections in the Time of Coronavirus
Balancing Public Health and Safety in the Prison Pandemic Response

Friday, SEPTEMBER 25
9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
ONLINE via Zoom

John Wetzel
Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections

Among the populations hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic has been the incarcerated, who live in enclosed, high-density environments with limited access to PPEs and high rates of underlying respiratory and heart conditions. According to an article recently appearing in JAMA, COVID-19 cases in U.S. federal and state prisons between March 31 and June 6 were 5.5 times higher - and death rates three times higher - than among the general population. Here in Pennsylvania, one of the first states to plan and implement a response, a combination of early quarantining, vigorous testing and innovative population reduction has succeeded in containing the virus's spread. But in the wake of these efforts, what lingering questions and new challenges remain regarding public confidence in our criminal justice institutions?

Please join Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel, Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Executive Director Mark H. Bergstrom, Dauphin County District Attorney Francis T. Chardo, chair of the Pa. District Attorneys Association's Best Practices Committee, Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at Western Psychiatric Hospital Edward Mulvey, Duquesne University Professor of Law and Sentencing Commission member John T. Rago, former DOC medical advisor Nicholas Scharff, and other panelists as they review the state's and nation's efforts to grapple with this complex set of challenges and discuss the ramifications for public health, safety and the future of correctional policy.

Bergstrom                                  Mulvey                                  Rago                                  Scharff

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The Pennsylvania CLE Board has approved this course for 4 hours of Substantive CLE credit.

This program is offered for 4 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LMFT, and LPC biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call (412) 346-8044.


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