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4:49 pm
Mon December 21, 2009

Pa. prisons to ship 2,000 inmates to MI, other states

HARRISBURG, PA –
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is planning to send 2,000 inmates to facilities in other states to lessen crowded conditions in state prisons.

Prison system spokeswoman Sue McNaughton said Monday that within two months the inmates will be shipped to the Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan and the Green Rock Correctional Center in Chatham, Va.

Pennsylvania will be paying those states $62 per prisoner per day.

Inmates will be selected if they get relatively few visits, have no medical or mental-health issues and at least three years left on their sentences.

There are now more than 51,000 inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons, while the capacity is about 44,000. Three new state prisons are planned.