Construction on the State Correctional Institution Phoenix in Skippack Township continues and will now open more than a year behind schedule.
The 1.06 million-square-foot facility will replace the 1920s Graterford complex nearby and serve as the main detention center for Philadelphia-area inmates. The project goal is to get the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) into a modern, multi-use correctional facility that will allow the department to continue to carry out its mission and provide a safe and secure facility for the staff and inmates.
The Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association will conduct a health survey of present and former members working at State Correctional Institution – Fayette (SCI Fayette) in La Belle as well as three other prisons built near coal ash disposal or coal mining operations in the state.
In an effort to save money, Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel has instituted a department-wide freeze on new hiring, which union representatives are calling a threat to correctional staff safety.
A bill that would allow 27 Pennsylvania state prisons to outsource mental health services has encountered heavy opposition from state legislatures who are saying such action would put local communities at risk.