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Closing arguments I

| Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

On the evening of Jan. 8, breaking news disrupted evening meals, communities and affected families. That breaking news, however incomplete, sent a shock wave through both SCI-Cresson and SCI-Greensburg. Only because of the dedication, training and professionalism of those facilities' staff, no incidents of uprising or violence were reported. Whoever felt the need to provide a minute bit of information to media outlets, for whatever reason, did the employees and those incarcerated no favors.

Stability, safety and security are paramount at every correctional institution. That being said, stability, safety and security are obtained by a diverse group of men and women from various backgrounds who provide around-the-clock care, custody and control to those fulfilling what the courts have deemed their obligations for crimes committed against society.

Society wants the Legislature and the courts to be tough on crime, but does not know how to pay for it.

Bravo to those on duty that night of the breaking news. You are professionals who did not compromise operations of your facilities under a shock wave unleashed by someone who pretended to have a news story that was incomplete. Shame on them.

Patrick O'Malley


The writer is a labor foreman at SCI-Cresson.

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