Corman: Prison Closure Announcement Signals Success of 2012 Initiatives to Address Overcrowding and Reduce Costs, but Questions Remain

(HARRISBURG) –  Sen. Jake Corman (R-34) issued a statement on the Wolf Administration’s announcement that it plans to close two state prisons in the coming weeks.

“If we are in a position in Pennsylvania that the prison population has decreased so that facilities can be closed, then this is a good day. This is exactly what we envisioned when, in 2012 under Governor Corbett, we began passing the Justice Reinvestment Initiatives. It signals the success of these ongoing initiatives that were designed to address prison overcrowding and reduce costs. It also is an indicator that we have less crime and need less money from taxpayers to support the prison system.

“The job of the legislature is to provide oversight if this is the right decision at the right time. We are eager to see the Wolf Administration’s justifications for the closures and of how the administration will choose which two of the five prisons to close. We expect that any decision will first be based upon safety and security. We also hope the determination takes economics into consideration – not only as the closing affects the Department of Corrections but the communities in which the prison is located.”

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 574-6872 or jkocher@pasen.gov