– Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) issued the following statement regarding the Wolf administration’s announcement that the Department of Corrections will close SCI Pittsburgh by June 30. The decision means the three prisons located in northeast Pennsylvania – SCI Retreat, SCI Frackville and SCI Waymart – will remain open.
“Today’s announcement came as very welcome news for our region, and especially for the prison employees and their families who would have been affected by a closure.
“SCI Retreat, at which many residents of the 116th District are employed, is a well-run facility and the administration realized closing it would have dramatically impacted our community.
“I want to thank all of the corrections officers and my legislative colleagues for the concerted effort we mounted to convince the governor that closing NEPA prisons would have been a great mistake. The community mobilized quickly in order to save SCI Retreat and its 400 jobs, and we should take pride that our campaign brought the result we were seeking.”
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office