Sec. Wetzel presents Lebanon's Domestic Violence Intervention Center with nearly 4,000 cellphones

Sec. Wetzel presents Lebanon's Domestic Violence Intervention Center with nearly 4,000 cellphones

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel presented the Domestic Violence Intervention Center of Lebanon County nearly 4,000 cell phones. These phones have been seized from community corrections centers over the last two years and will go to help victims of domestic violence around the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
SCI Pittsburgh set to close at the end of June

SCI Pittsburgh set to close at the end of June

In a Thursday morning press release, the Wolf administration announced that SCI Pittsburgh will close on June 30, 2017, saving the state a yearly cost of $81 million. 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit and a reduction in the state’s prison population, the western Pennsylvania prison was on a list of five other facilities the Department of Corrections and Governor Wolf were contemplating shuttering- SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, and SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County.
Thursday, January 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Gov. Wolf continues defense of prison closure process

Making his bi-weekly appearance on KDKA 1020 AM’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway, Gov. Tom Wolf defended the process being used to vet the closure of two state correctional institutions.

 

“In the past, as I understand, what would happen is the Secretary of Corrections would say ‘We are going to open this prison or close that prison,’ and boom, that was it,” he said. “This time, I thought in the interest of transparency, say we need to close two prisons and here are five we’ve narrowed the list down to the prime candidates and we’re going to make a decision about that by January 26th.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Senate committees examine potential impacts of looming prison closures

Three days before the Wolf administration is set to announce the shuttering of two state correctional institutions, the Senate Republican and Democratic Policy committees and the Senate Judiciary Committee held a joint hearing to discuss and learn of the potential impacts the closures could have on the state and local communities.

 

Citing cost-saving measures in response to the state budget deficit, five facilities are on the list of potential closures, which are slated to occur by June 30, 2017: SCI Mercer in Mercer County, SCI Retreat in Luzerne County, SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County, SCI Waymart in Wayne County and SCI Pittsburgh in Allegheny County. 

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: News and Views
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