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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.


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