Prosecutors allege Harrington failed to investigate reports of an inmate with serious mental health needs drinking out of a toilet, and that he allowed staff to force the inmate to sing, "I'm a little teapot."
"It was almost a universal thing in Philadelphia. I feel bad for new people moving to Philadelphia who don't know a lot of these traditions."
Previously, the DOC had limited book orders to a catalog of 8,500 e-books that was plagued by high prices and vast gaps in its coverage, and to requests placed on kiosks within the prison system that turned out to be inadequate to the task.
"We can't use the mail to communicate," a Pennsylvania ACLU attorney said, and "it's really impairing our ability to effectively and zealously represent our clients."
The language in a 2017 fact sheet released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is direct: "These vehicles cannot be operated on Pennsylvania roadways or sidewalks."
Are 18-year-olds adults, or just kids? Pennsylvania courts' decision could determine whether hundreds of lifers, convicted as young people, have a chance to be released.
The Department of Corrections is hoping a legal email service, free dictionaries and centralized book donations can quell critics' complaints. They probably won't.
The Philadelphia courts have a new draft rule on detainers - but it does not appear to address concerns of critics who call the current process illegal.
Samantha Melamed writes about anything and everything Philadelphia from the features desk.