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Cresson lives on since prison closing


The state prison officially closed just weeks ago on June 30, but many employees had started working at other prisons by then.

6 News visited the town and talked to people the transition.

The lives of many workers at S.C.I. Cresson have been greatly impacted.   Many worried that the Cresson community would go into a downward spiral, but a local real estate agency said the community is still standing strong.

The prison was one of the largest employers in town and workers feared for their future.

"We have not seen a panic, said Louann Hoffman, broker and owner of Lang Real Estate in Cresson.  Not seen clients panic selling."

She said once they heard the news of the prison closing her company prepared for the worst.

"Actually we were, we were prepared for a lot of people to call and put their houses on the market.  But actually that didnt happen."

Workers transferred to Benner state prison in Centre County were faced with the decision to either stay in Cresson and carpool or move to spare themselves the long commute.

"Many decided to stay in the area and do the commute, Hoffman said.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times