Senator Yudichak Statement on PA Department of Corrections Decision to Use SCI Retreat as New Commitment, Parole Violator Reception Facility Beginning March 28 (UPDATED)

Nanticoke, March 23, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections decision to temporarily use SCI Retreat as the reception facility for new male commitments to the DOC and for male parole violators beginning on March 28.

“As always, the good people of Newport Township and Luzerne County step up in a time of need, and this time it is the Department of Corrections that needs to put SCI Retreat back in service to house state inmates who are currently being housed at county correctional facilities,” said Senator John Yudichak.

“The Pennsylvania DOC has assured us all precautions will be taken to ensure the employees of SCI Retreat and the public will be safe during the transfer and housing of these inmates. We are all in this crisis together, and together we will come through it stronger than ever.”

“SCI Retreat, manned by some of the hardest workers I’ve ever known, will once again be serving the citizens of Pennsylvania.  I commend the Department of Corrections for their review and quick action in the face of a compelling need,” said Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri. “I want to thank our Northeast delegation of representatives, led by the dogged determination of Senator Yudichak for their commitment to keep NEPA jobs here.” 

“Newport Township is here to help and support the Department of Corrections in its goal to keep the Coronavirus from spreading throughout the state prison system,” said Newport Township Manager Joe Hillan. “As demonstrated in the past, Newport Township is always ready, willing and able do our part in providing assistance with necessary public safety measures like the measures that are currently being put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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