Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pennsylvania To Ship Prisoners To Other States To Battle Overcrowding

Pennsylvania has struck a deal to ship prisoners to Michigan and Virginia to try to deal with a growing overcrowding problem in their prisons.  The transfer will involve about 2,000 prisoners, half of which will be sent to each state.  The deal is supposed to expire in 2013 when four new prisoners are scheduled to be opened up in Pennsylvania.  There are currently 54,000 prisoners in the Pennsylvania prison system.  But the system was designed to house 44,000 prisoners.  The only other state we know of that transfers prisoners to other states is California, which started shipping prisoners to other states in 2006.  California is currently trying to deal with a federal court order which is requiring that they make drastic reductions in the number of prisoners in their state prison system.

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