|Support for SCI-Retreat overflows at hearing|
|By timesleader.com- Patrick Kernan|
NANTICOKE — Gathering in the auditorium of the Greater Nanticoke Area High School, state officials, employees of the State Correctional Institute — Retreat and others came out in an attempt to convince the state Department of Corrections to keep the state prison open.
But as corrections officials tried to assurance the hundreds in attendance Thursday evening about the possible prison closure, one state senator likened it giving Luzerne County the “death penalty.”
Thursday’s hearing was necessitated by Act 133 of 2018 — passed in part due to a previous attempt to close the prison in 2017 — which requires closures of public institutions like correctional facilities to come after a period of public comment and investigation into the economic impact of the closure. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and the corrections department announced their plans to close the Newport Township-based prison in August.
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