Pennsylvania will close two prisons by June 30th, according to a press release from the state’s Department of Corrections.
“We have implemented a variety of cost-savings initiatives over the past several years, yet we are again in the position where the Department of Corrections must make significant reductions because of the dire budget forecast,” Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said in a release. “The most significant reduction we can make as an agency is a prison closure.”
Five prisons are on the short list for closure, none close to the city: SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County and SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County, and SCI Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. (Frackville, about two-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia, is the closest.) Read more »