By Brad Bumsted
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, January 28, 2011

HARRISBURG -- With state prison costs continuing to skyrocket, Auditor General Jack Wagner on Thursday urged the Legislature to approve a Republican senator's bill that would make it easier to send non-violent offenders to alternative-sentencing programs.

Wagner, a Beechview Democrat, issued a special report outlining the 500 percent growth in Pennsylvania's prison population from 8,243 in 1980 to 51,487 in 2010. In 2009, Pennsylvania had the highest number of new inmates -- 2,122 -- of any state in the nation.

Published in Prison Legal News