|SCI-Retreat to be used for inmate quarantine|
|By citizensvoice.com- Bob Kalinowski|
NEWPORT TWP. — Instead of closing, State Correctional Institution at Retreat will be quarantining.
Due to the coronavirus, all newly sentenced state inmates and parole violators will be filtered through the Newport Twp. prison for a quarantine period before being transferred to SCI-Camp Hill — the normal first stop for inmates, the Department of Corrections announced Monday.
“Currently, we have no positive cases of COVID-19 in our state prison inmate population, and we are working to delay the virus entering our system,” Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said. “This change in how we receive newly sentenced inmates and parole violators will reduce the number of ways individuals enter our system. With this plan, moving forward, only one facility will be involved, greatly reducing the ways the virus can enter our system.”
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