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How will state prison closings affect Camp Hill, other communities?

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At least 800 corrections workers and 2,500 inmates will receive notice by the end of this month that they will be moving to a new facility.

The Department of Corrections plans to close two of its 26 state prisons by the end of June in light of projected budget woes. Officials released the names of five prisons under consideration last week:

  • SCI Mercer in Mercer County
  • SCI Retreat in Luzerne County
  • SCI Frackville in Schuylkill County
  • SCI Waymart in Wayne County
  • SCI Pittsburgh in Allegheny County

The cuts will push about 2,500 inmates into other prisons throughout the state. That includes Camp Hill, which recently received approval to open an additional 1,000 beds.

The closures will also displace the prisons' workers, all of whom are expected to be offered positions elsewhere in the corrections department.

The state will announce Jan. 26 which two of the five facilities on its shortlist it plans to close. But in the meantime, all of the named communities are scrambling to assess the potential impact if they don't make the cut.

Click on the prisons on the map below to see reports from media outlets in those areas. Read CPBJ's overview story here. 

A previous version of this story included incorrect information. The state will announce which prisons it is closing on Jan. 26.

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Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz

Jennifer Wentz covers Cumberland County, York County, financial services and taxation. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jenniferw@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @jenni_wentz.

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