Empty Bars

Empty Bars

Pennsylvania’s prison population has increased by almost 800 percent in the past four decades. In a bid to relieve overcrowding, the Department of Corrections has sent 2,100 prisoners to facilities in Virginia and Michigan, and it plans to build four new prisons, at a cost of $1 billion, by 2013.

It would be hard to overstate the problem. But some say the DOC is trying.

Two veteran corrections officers, in fact, say prison officials are fudging the books at older prisons like SCI-Pittsburgh, understating their capacity and making overcrowding statistics look worse.

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