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More Efficient Prison System Will Save Money

Pennsylvania's prison system has imprisoned state taxpayers as well as inmates over the last several decades. For years it has been the fastest growing part of state government and the state budget.

One of the bright spots in Gov. Tom Corbett's budget proposal this year is a proposal to put the brakes on prison spending. He proposed spending of $1.87 billion on prisons, a $10 million reduction from the $1.88 billion for the current fiscal year.

As explained this week by corrections Secretary John Wetzel at the Pennsylvania Press Club in Harrisburg, the objective is not just blithely cut costs. The best ways to make the system more efficient and less costly happen to coincide with better rehabilitation of inmates. The department, he said, has entered a partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Council of State Governments for a comprehensive review of the department's procedures and services.

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Jennifer Laudano | 202.540.6321
Public Safety Performance Project

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