HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 6, 2017) – Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) President Jason Bloom issued the following statement today on the Wolf administration’s decision to close two state prisons without public input:
“It’s disappointing the Wolf administration has already made a decision to close two prisons without any public input whatsoever and is now strangely leaving five communities twisting in the wind for several weeks. Closing these prisons will uproot families and damage the local economies in these communities. This administration continues to have extremely optimistic projections about the state prison population. The fact remains, our system remains over-capacity at 103.8 percent, according to the Department of Corrections own population figures. That number would be even higher (104.9) if the state wasn’t paying counties to house hundreds of additional inmates. It’s mystifying why this administration would be closing prisons if we can’t even house the inmates we currently have. With fewer prisons, a smaller system could literally burst at the seams, creating a public safety risk. The PSCOA is calling on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to immediately hold hearings and seek ways to keep these prisons open.”
You can review DOC population figures here: http://www.cor.pa.gov/About%20Us/Statistics/Documents/current%20monthly%20population.pdf
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