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Why are private prisons controversial? 3 questions answered | Analysis

BY: - September 30, 2019

Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.

COMMENTARY

SCI-Retreat Closing: Prisons should never be a community’s economic development strategy | Opinion

BY: - September 13, 2019

There are better ways to maintain and boost a region’s economy than through incarcerating human beings. Pa. needs to think creatively.

Pennsylvania moves to close Luzerne County state prison, as state lawmakers voice opposition

BY: - August 29, 2019

SCI Retreat currently holds 1,100 incarcerated people and employs 400 corrections officers and prison staff, according to the department. 

Sen. Tom Killion, sponsor of Senate Bill 501.

A program that keeps people with addiction out of prison is ‘extremely underused.’ A Senate bill could change that

BY: - May 2, 2019

The bills, which have the support of Gov. Tom Wolf, now go to the full Senate for a vote.