State prosecutors say prison psychologist was negligent. The DOC promoted him.

November 8, 2018

A cell at SCI Phoenix

By Staff

HARRISBURG — Five years after the U.S. Department of Justice investigated the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for its treatment of inmates with serious mental illness — and found that punitive treatment and unconstitutional use of solitary confinement at Cresson state prison had contributed to three prisoner suicides — the top psychologist manager at that prison, James Harrington, is still on the DOC payroll. In fact, he’s been promoted.

He’s one of four regional psychologist managers statewide, overseeing staff at several prisons at a salary of $101,575 per year. “Mr. Harrington was one of our strongest licensed psychologist managers,” Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said Thursday, explaining the promotion.

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