Pennsylvania could save a projected $5.2 million a year in maintenance costs with the proposed sale of 13 surplus properties. 

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A lockdown is in its second day at a southwestern Pennsylvania state prison where officials say inmates have attacked staff members twice in the last two weeks.

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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 21:10

Cleeves at Franklin County Jail

The Franklin County man charged with killing three people in Quincy Township on July 20th is now back in Franklin County after being in Ohio.

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George M. Leader is again popping up his head politically.

On Nov. 15, 1954, the cover of America's leading newsmagazine carried a photo of a grinning George M. Leader with his hands clasped in victory over his head.

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The state is broke and the state corrections system is broken, but the latter is in the midst of a fix, Pennsylvania's top jailer said Sunday.

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania could save tens of millions of dollars a year by keeping low-level offenders out of the prison system and instead reserving state prison beds for criminals convicted of the most serious crimes and serving longer terms, consultants said in a report released today.

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April 29, 2012


Eric Boehm

PA Independent

HARRISBURG — The state secretary of corrections says inefficiencies within the state prison system’s is forcing taxpayers to pay for keeping about 1,900 inmates per year locked up when they otherwise would qualify for parole.

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 July 7, 2011

By Mary Wilson

 Planning is under way for a new prison in Montgomery County.

The State Correctional Institution is slated to be built near the existing Graterford prison in Skippack Township, on property already owned by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Susan McNaughton says the majority of state prisoners come from Philadelphia and surrounding counties, so the agency wants to house them close to family and friends.  Montgomery County was a logical location.

"It allows for family members to visit their incarcerated individual and help them maintain their support mechanisms because 90 percent of our inmates are one day going to go home," McNaughton said. "And family support is one of the things that's important to help them re-enter society."

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By Brian Bowling
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

 

Pennsylvania- Allegheny County will pay $3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that successfully challenged the constitutionality of strip-searching people jailed for minor offenses.

County solicitor Michael Wojcik said Monday the county agreed to settle the case because recent rulings in similar cases across the country favored plaintiffs.

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