Governor Wolf Statement on Department of Corrections Cost-Saving Measures

January 06, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on cost-savings measures announced today by the Department of Corrections and Secretary John Wetzel:

“Our commonwealth faces a serious budget deficit that means we have limited funds to provide the services the people of Pennsylvania expect from their government and we must make government more efficient to avoid broad cuts to education, job creation programs and social services for the most vulnerable.

“Department of Corrections’ announcement of these cost-saving measures is exactly the kind of action that we must take to ensure we can continue to invest in middle class families and Pennsylvania’s future.

“DOC believes we are able to close prisons without security risk because of the historic reduction in the inmate population and crime is down. By investing in the things that make Pennsylvania a better place – like reducing recidivism and improving our schools – we can ensure the long-term prosperity and safety of our commonwealth.

“I chose to invest in schools – not prisons – because it’s both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. The future of Pennsylvania depends on making investments in what works and I’ll do everything I can to ensure we’re investing in all our kids and their futures.”

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