Prison-closing fallout I
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 9:11 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
By all means, save Pennsylvania taxpayers' money — just not in my backyard (“State to close prisons in Hempfield, Cambria County,” Jan. 9 and TribLIVE.com). I applaud the state's effort to consolidate prison facilities to save taxpayers' money, but I'm not surprised at the local politicians' knee-jerk response intended to delay implementation and further waste taxpayers' money.
The decision by some of these same state lawmakers years ago to approve money for the expansion of SCI-Rockview was the point when they should have protested, not after the new facility in Centre County is completed. What did state Sen. Kim Ward, R-Hempfield, think they were going to do with that brand-new 2,000 bed facility, find new prisoners?
Sometimes, we just need to do the right thing to solve our state's problems, not the politically right thing that we too often seem to do.
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