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NCJ Number: 98131 Find in a Library
Title: Strategy to Alleviate Overcrowding in Pennsylvania's Prisons and Jails
Corporate Author: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 47
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Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108
Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
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Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Bureau of Statistics and Policy Research
P.O. Box 1167 Fed. Sq. Station
Harrisburg, PA 17108
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An examination of prison overcrowding in Pennsylvania found that State prisons are 33-percent overcapacity and proposed nine approaches to relieving overcrowding.
Abstract: The study was conducted by a task force composed of criminal justice practitioners, judges, members of the State administration, legislators, and academics. Data from 1979-84 and efforts to deal with the program were examined. Despite the widely accepted standard of single celling, 5,580 inmates were double-celled as of November 1984. Prison additions currently under construction were found to be inadequate for dealing with population increases. County jails were transferring inmates to other facilities and putting four or five inmates in a cell to deal with crowded conditions. Recommended changes included a system of earned time credits for State inmates, a program of intensive parole supervision, and the establishment of a 500-bed correctional facility for the southeastern part of the State. Also recommended were temporary expansion through the use of prefabricated mobile units, a system of pretrial mechanisms to reduce the county jail detention population, and a technical assistance program to help jails reduce their populations. Further recommendations were a State subsidy to help county jails deal with drunk driving offenders, a fiscal and programmatic impact analysis of proposed legislation, and an ongoing mechanism to oversee, monitor, and evaluate initiatives to alleviate overcrowding. A table, figures, and appendixes presenting additional data and a list of task force members are included.
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Pennsylvania; Prison overcrowding
Note: Report of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Prison and Jail Overcrowding Task Force.
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