Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeast PA lawmakers celebrate avoiding three potential state prison closures, but their future remains murky

Northeastern Pennsylvania lawmakers were rejoicing Thursday over the fact that all three of the region’s state prisons that were slated for potential closure will remain open.

 

The three that might have closed were SCI Waymart, SCI Retreat, and SCI Frackville.

Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Corrections Department announces coming closure of two state prisons

Corrections Department announces coming closure of two state prisons

Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced Friday the department’s plans to close two state prisons and cut the Pennsylvania inmate population in half by June 30, 2017, as cost-savings measures in response to the state budget deficit.

 

According to the department, Sec. Wetzel recently met with Corrections Officer union leaders to discuss the potential closures. Corrections officers and other employees affected by the closures will be offered employment elsewhere in the department.

Friday, January 6, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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