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Pennsylvania Will Close Two Prisons

| January 22, 2013

Last year, Pennsylvania passed SB 100 and HB 135, two major criminal justice reform bills. Now, following the largest one-year decline in inmate population since 1971, the Department of Corrections has announced that it will close two prisons, SCI Cresson in Cambria County and SCI Greensburg in Westmoreland County. Both facilities are among among Pennsylvania’s oldest and least secure prisons. (SCI Cresson was actually built to serve as as a tuberculosis sanitarium in 1913.) It is estimated that closing the two prisons will save Pennsylvania taxpayers about $23 million next year.


VIBRANT P. REDDY is Senior Fellow for criminal justice issues at the Charles Koch Institute. Previously, Reddy was the Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.