The Pendleton Panther

PA Prisons Continue to Fill

Posted on: March 22, 2010

Prison

Recent reports reveal that the number of state prisoners nationwide is on the decline for the first time in 40years. As glorious as this sounds, Pennsylvania’s prison population continues to fly through the roof and is showing no signs of a let up. Thousands and thousands of prisoners in PA are being shipped to Virginia and Michigan because there aren’t enough cells in PA to house all of them. From 1980 to 2009 the amount of prisoners in PA has risen from 8,243 to 51, 326 and the local prisons have nearly 7,700 more inmates than they can house. This cuts into the state budget and has led to a request for $1.9 billion in state funding to help support and house all these prisoners. As a result, this money comes out of our budget, the peoples budget. Prison officials have said that prisoners are being locked up for longer terms, therefore taking up more space and in the end costing more money. It is not a good sign when a state ships nearly 7,000 inmates to other states due to a lack of space.

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