PA prisons’ unprecedented security crackdown: 5 things you need to know

October 17, 2018

By Staff

A month after announcing a slate of security measures that have no precedent in a state prison system, Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel walked to the front of a South Philadelphia church and faced down a hostile audience. His message to the hundreds of seething community members, mostly friends and families of Pennsylvania’s 47,000 prisoners: The initiatives, which collectively cost more than $15 million, were working.

“It’s short-term pain for long-term gain,” he said at the meeting, organized by the Pennsylvania Black Legislative Caucus. “We had a drug problem. We had a significant increase in drugs, and we had to get drugs out of the facilities.”

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