Pa. Gov. Corbett Wants Prison Reform By End of June

Thursday, 24 May 2012 01:13 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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A working group appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is recommending prison reform projects that could save the state an estimated $263 million over the next five years, according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

The Republican governor said he wants the GOP-controlled legislature to pass the recommendations from his Justice Reinvestment Working Group “by the end of June.”

“This is not about politics,” he said Wednesday, announcing the recommendations. “It’s about good government and good policy. If you do that, you will have served the people of Pennsylvania in a tremendous way.”

The plan calls for reinvesting money in public safety across the state and creating new or more efficient ways to run the prison system and rehabilitate inmates.

The efforts would focus on improved policing and probation at the local level, and reward counties that reduce the number of people with less than a year’s sentence they send to state prison facilities.

It would also eliminate pre-release policies and limit half-way houses to parolees only to save money.

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