first_img By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary BLOG: How DOC is Helping Inmates with Mental Illness Transition Home (Round-up) Criminal Justice Reform,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Department of Corrections officials highlighted a state-run, first-of-its-kind unit at the Wernersville Community Corrections Center that helps individuals with mental illness transition home following incarceration. At the media event, reporters were given a tour of the 32-bed unit and interviewed employees and center residents.“We are proud of our efforts to address the behavioral health needs of those who are incarcerated in Pennsylvania,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “With fully one-quarter of all of those entering prisons in Pennsylvania diagnosed with mental illness and nine percent of those struggling with serious mental illness, it is imperative that the department develop the best possible programming to help them succeed when they return to the community. We anticipate that Pathways Transitional Wellness Center will become a model facility for other states.”Take a look at the additional coverage below: May 18, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Philadelphia Inquirer: Helping mentally ill inmates find their way home“When Henry Hamm, a 61-year-old Lancaster man who has schizophrenia, finished serving time for writing a bad check, he was sent to a new program designed to help offenders with serious mental illnesses rejoin the outside world. He joined Pathways Transitional Wellness Center, which connects mentally ill parolees to social and medical services, housing, and jobs before they try to make it on their own. Three months later, he’s a fan of the nine-month-old Department of Corrections program, which is housed in a boxy, utilitarian building on the grounds of Wernersville State Hospital, about nine miles southwest of Reading.”Allentown Morning Call: State touts reentry program for seriously mentally ill inmates“As a state prison inmate with serious mental illness, 61-year-old Henry Hamm represents one of the biggest challenges that Pennsylvania’s corrections system faces. Hamm, who is serving a 2- to 4-year sentence in Lancaster County for felony theft, is diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Too often, the extra hurdles he faces would make his time as a prisoner a difficult one, and one in which he risked returning to the streets no better able to cope with his problems than when he left. Enter a first-of-its-kind program at a halfway house run by the Department of Corrections on the campus of Wernersville State Hospital, roughly 10 miles west of Reading.”Reading Eagle: State corrections secretary celebrates success at Wernersville center“Mentally ill Americans are disproportionately more likely to be arrested, incarcerated and commit another crime once released. This problem extends to the state level. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said about 27 percent of all inmates in the system have a mental illness and about 9 percent of those are battling severe disorders. So to address the needs of this unique population the department launched a new program solely dedicated to helping those offenders return to the community after they have served their time.”Follow the Department of Corrections on Twitter @CorrectionsPA and on Facebook. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more


first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team announced Wednesday the signing of Taylor Wurtz, a 6-foot guard from Brandon, Wis.Wurtz, an Associated Press first-team all-state honoree last season, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Wisconsin in 2009-10, according to UW head coach Lisa Stone.“[Taylor] is by far, in our opinion, the best player in the state of Wisconsin in her class,” Stone said. “She is a player that can play a point guard, a two-guard, a three-guard, she can post up, [and] she can get to the basket.”In her first three years at Ripon High School, Wurtz earned Eastern Valley Conference Player of the Year honors each year and led her team to three conference titles. After averaging 21.4 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals per game as a junior, ESPN HoopGurlz has ranked Wurtz No. 86 overall and No. 20 among guards in the class of 2009.“[Taylor] is strong, physical — a great Big Ten body,” Stone said. “[She] is a deep 3-point shooter [and] can get her shot off very, very quickly. She handles the basketball very well … [and] has the capability of putting up very, very big numbers.”As great as Wurtz is at scoring, Stone is very excited about all other aspects of Wurtz’s game, especially her ability to feed the ball to others and her defensive versatility.“Her passing ability is something that really, really impressed me this summer,” Stone said. “Defensively, she matches up very well with smaller players, athletic players [and] bigger players.”According to ESPN HoopGurlz, Wurtz is a player that can be expected to contribute right away for the Badgers, but may not have as much potential for improvement as other more athletic guards. For Stone, Wurtz’s ability to compete right away is important.“I’m looking forward to her really step in right away as a Badger and contributing,” Stone said. “Taylor is a ready-made player. She is very, very strong; she’s physical [and] she can hold her own on the court.”Stone also recalled the day she sat in the top row of section 222 at the Kohl Center talking with Wurtz looking down on the court. It was in that moment when Wurtz really seemed to be convinced to attend the UW.“As we were sitting there, out walks Mariah Dunham to shoot and [Wurtz] said, ‘I can just like go out there and shoot if the court’s available?’” Stone said. “I said, ‘Yes,’ and she was really excited about that — to be able to be in that facility, go out there and shoot around in the summer time, and have an opportunity to play on such a great court in front of a lot of people.”“It was a very moving moment,” Stone added. “The two of us sat there and just kind of visualized her future as a Badger, and it will be very bright.”Badgers name D’Alie as captainWisconsin made another announcement Wednesday as the players unanimously chose junior guard Rae Lin D’Alie to be their captain for the 2008-09 season.D’Alie, a Waterford, Wis., native, starts at guard for the third consecutive season for the Badgers and has started 66 consecutive games.D’Alie led the Big Ten Conference two years ago as a freshman with five assists per game in conference play and 4.58 per game overall. She also set the UW freshman record with 165 assists and currently ranks 14th in school history with 272 assists.“She has started off the season leading this team in many ways, both on and off the court,” Stone said of D’Alie. “She has a ‘bulldog’ mentality defensively and offensively is in her best shape she’s ever been.”D’Alie is a very vocal leader both on and off the court and is known for her positive attitude. This season will be her first as team captain for the Badgers and should provide an opportunity for her to demonstrate her capabilities as a leader.“[Rae Lin] is a very tough leader in terms of how she plays and in terms of her ability to communicate with her coaches and teammates,” Stone said. “She was selected by her teammates and [is] looking forward to taking on that challenge.”last_img read more


first_imgThe No. 2 USC women’s water polo team does not believe in talking for talk’s sake.Accordingly, when the Women of Troy declared that they wanted to get off to a better start and play a more complete game against UC Irvine, you had no choice but to believe them. This past Saturday, the Women of Troy backed up their talk, beating No. 11 UC Irvine 15-5.On the strength of senior goalie Tumua Anae’s continued brilliance in goal and senior drivers Alexandra Kiss’ and Kally Lucas’ hat tricks, the Women of Troy derived much more satisfaction from this effort.Although the Anteaters scored the first goal of the game, their hopes of winning were dashed quickly as the Women of Troy scored nine of the next 10 goals. All told, eight different players scored at least one goal — a scoring balance that has been a staple of this team thus far.In the box score, this was another lopsided victory, as has been the case for all of the team’s wins this year. Afterwards, USC coach Jovan Vavic compared the match favorably to last week’s victory over Loyola Marymount.“Our defense was better. We were more focused and executed better,” Vavic said. “We did a good job on 5-on-6 defense and improved our scoring 6-on-5. Overall, there was better focus on their part.”In terms of execution, nowhere was this more apparent than in Kiss’ and Lucas’ statistics. The two scored on a combined six of their seven shots.Heading into this game, “focus” was the buzzword. The Women of Troy, indisputably a much more talented team on paper, did not want to make it a habit of playing down to the skill level of their opponents. To avoid the complacency problem that besets so many powerhouse teams, Vavic and team leaders made certain that the players knew they must play all four quarters with the same sense of desperation and intensity. For this game at least, the message resonated with the women.The USC women’s water polo team will face Hawaii at McDonald’s Swim Stadium this Thursday at 5 p.m. The Women of Troy will look for another solid all-around performance before heading to UC Irvine again for the crucial UC Irvine Invitational. A clash with No. 1 Stanford is possible as both teams will be favored to reach the finals of the annual tournament.last_img read more


first_imgThe family of the late Buncrana woman Danielle Mc Laughlin have appointed a top legal advocate for the trial of her suspected murderer in India.Indian man Vikat Bhagat is due to stand trial soon for the murder and rape of the young Donegal tourist in Goa in March 2017.Danielle’s family today confirmed that Attorney Mr. Vikram Varma was added to the legal team as their representative in India when the case of the accused comes to trial. The family, while still coming to terms with the tragedy, said they remain hopeful that the truth in relation to Danielle’s untimely death will be made known and that justice in her memory will be done.A spokesperson for the family said: “It is expected that the trial of Vikat Bhagat, who remains the only person charged in connection with the case, will take place soon as it is being ‘fast – tracked’ by the Indian authorities.“Danielle’s family wish to express their sincere gratitude to the Coroner’s office in Dublin and the Chief State Pathologist, Dr. Marie Cassidy for their help. Dr. Cassidy, with meticulous precision, has completed the second post – mortem report in relation to Danielle. Dr Cassidy’s report, among other things, confirms the cause of Danielle’s death in line with the first Indian post – mortem report.”Danielle’s family have also now received the ‘Charge’ documentation in the case from the prosecution authorities in India. “The family wish to extend their thanks also to the British Consulate in Mumbai for their invaluable assistance in organising the delivery of the Charge papers to their solicitor, Desmond J Doherty in Derry.“Danielle’s family have dealt with a lot of documents and information in relation to Danielle’s case over the last number of weeks and months. They are still trying to cope with and come to terms with the tragedy that has occurred,” the statement said.Top attorney joins legal team for case of murder victim Danielle Mc Laughlin was last modified: October 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaDanielle McLaughlinIndiaLegalMr. Vikram Varmalast_img read more