State officials want to know how and why a Pennsylvania woman died while serving a two-day jail term related to her children’s truancy.
Eileen Dinino, a 55-year-old mother of seven, died Saturday at the Berks County Jail in Bern Township, about halfway through the 48-hour sentence she was ordered to serve after her children racked up multiple truancy violations.
A jail staff member found Dinino unresponsive in her bunk while performing blood pressure exams on inmates.
Some legislators are asking why Dinino was jailed.
“I cannot understand how someone ends up going to jail,” said state Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks County). “They did not murder someone, they did not steal, they did not commit a felony. How does jail time equate to resolving this particular problem?”
This incident is obviously against all Pennsylvania once stood for:
William Penn’s Holy Experiment of Philadelphia
He was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London eight months for being a Quaker, but later King Charles II gave him land in America as repayment of a debt owed to his father.
On this land he started a colony and invited persecuted Christians of Europe to join his “holy experiment” of religious toleration.