PSCOA COMMENDS SENATE COMMITTEE FOR PASSING LEGISLATION TO CREATE TRANSPARENT PROCESS FOR CONSIDERATION OF STATE PRISON CLOSURES
HARRISBURG, Pa. (March 20, 2018) – The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) today issued the following statement on the state Senate Appropriations Committee’s passage of Senate Bill 748, which would establish a transparent and fair process to consider proposed closures of state prisons:
“For too long, decisions have been made to close state prisons with little or no warning to corrections officers, their families and communities. As a result, PSCOA members have been forced to make life altering decisions in just a matter of days or weeks. In some cases, inmates have learned about the closures on television before prison employees were formally notified. Senate Bill 748 would be similar to a New York State law that would require a one-year notice that closure is being considered, require a public hearing and outreach to local communities.
“This is the right thing to do, and that’s why this legislation was approved unanimously. Our members risk their lives every day and deserve to be treated with dignity.
And whether some like it or not, state prisons are economic engines for their communities and the impact on those communities must be weighed or they can be crippled for generations. It’s time for the full Senate to pass this legislation and move it to the state House. The PSCOA wants to thank Sen. Argall for sponsoring this legislation, all co-sponsors, and the committee for its unanimous approval.”
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PSCOA proudly represents more than 10,000 men and women who patrol cellblocks and serve in our 26 state correctional institutions and forensic units. These corrections professionals stand between those who are incarcerated – including the most violent and dangerous criminals – and our communities.