Pennsylvania to house 2,000 prisoners out of state.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
Position:News Briefs - Brief article

Michigan and Virginia have each agreed to house 1,000 medium-security, male prisoners from Pennsylvania, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to Susan McNaughton, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, safety concerns for staff and inmates were the deciding factor in the transfer decision. Pennsylvania's 27 state prisons were built to hold 43,200 inmates, but now house 52,000. Although four prisons are scheduled to be built during the next four years, the first is not slated to open until 2012. Pennsylvania is among the three states with the highest prison population increases in 2008.

It costs about $69 per day to house an inmate in Pennsylvania--Michigan and Virginia have agreed to do so at a rate of $62 per day. The prisoners, who have no medical...

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