As you may already know, Gov. Tom Wolf announced late last week that the Department of Corrections plans to close two state correctional institutions out of a possible five across the state. One of those five under consideration is SCI-Frackville.
We are shocked to see Frackville appear on this list of potential closures. Out of the five state prisons under consideration, SCI Frackville is the newest facility and has an “excellent infrastructure,” according to the Department of Corrections, as well as operates at one of the most efficient rates.
We believe if the administration is seeking cost-savings, it should be looking at our corrections system as a whole and all institutions should be under review, not a select handful. Furthermore, this needs to be an open and transparent process since this impacts all Pennsylvanians from a cost standpoint, as well as a safety and security standpoint.
We’ve already spoken with the governor and Secretary Wetzel and will do everything in our power to convince them to keep this facility open and keep these jobs in Schuylkill County. But we need your help! Sign our petitions to encourage Gov. Wolf and Secretary Wetzel to keep SCI Frackville open.
We know there are facilities that are not economically viable, but Frackville is not one of them. We are sure that after the Department of Corrections does its due diligence, it will see what we already know – that Frackville is a top-notch institution that must be maintained.
Be sure to sign the petitions here and here!
We are hopeful the administration can strike the right balance between cost-savings for taxpayers and the safety of Pennsylvanians.
DAVID G. ARGALL