Financial Reality Fairs seek to help reduce recidivism

Financial Reality Fairs seek to help reduce recidivism

Multiple private and public partners gathered Thursday morning to discuss five Financial Reality Fairs and to go over what they and the Wolf Administration believe could help reduce recidivism by educating re-entrants on their finances.

Thursday, October 5, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Corrections Secretary: Inmate reduction success has reduced cost to carry

Corrections Secretary: Inmate reduction success has reduced cost to carry

During a Friday morning briefing with reporters on the ongoing work of the Department of Corrections, Sec. John Wetzel noted the 1,400 fewer inmates since the beginning of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative in 2013 has significantly reduced the department’s cost-to-carry budget.

He said the 1,400 inmates essentially represents the size of an average prison, which costs the Commonwealth at least $50 million to operate.

However, noting the inmate situation when he first took office in 2011 under then-Gov. Tom Corbett, Sec. Wetzel said the savings as a result of inmate reduction initiatives including the Justice Reinvestment Initiative have saved much more.

“In 2011 we stopped construction of a prison,” he said. “Had we not tried to reduce population, we’d have had a prototypical, traditional prison at $60 million a year. Because of the progress we made, we’ve been able to close two small prisons when a new one opened. So we would literally have three more prisons at $160 million a year-ish operating right now had our population not gone down."

Friday, October 30, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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