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Centre Co. moves in more inmates

By: WJAC Web Staff

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- The state still has overcrowding problems with housing prison inmates, despite building new prisons.

Last year, a move was made to get all the inmates into state prisons, but now some are heading back a to county jail, which means a sizable revenue boost for the counties involved.
Pennsylvania's secretary of corrections was in Centre County a few weeks ago, and he stressed the department is trying to cut costs -- and that includes scrapping plans to build more state prisons.

It leaves the department with more inmates than it currently has room for.

"This morning the county prison approved taking 30 parole violators," said Tim Boyde, Centre County administrator.

For the counties involved, housing state inmates is a money maker.

This will provide us with close to $700,000 in revenue, said Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzal.

The Centre County prison has plenty of room for more inmates, but theres no word yet on more correction officers to be hired.

The state inmates, referred to as parole violators, pose a minimal security risk for the county prisons.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times