Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Congressman Matt Cartwright Welcomes Decision by Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Jan 26, 2017
Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today’s announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections that SCI Waymart, SCI Retreat, and SCI Frackville will remain open comes as a relief to many in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

“This decision is a direct result of federal, state, and local officials working together to retain jobs and maintain a safe working environment for our correction officers,” said Rep. Cartwright.

“Having had the opportunity to speak directly with Governor Wolf and Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel, I expressed my constituents’ concerns about the economic and safety impacts of the potential closing of these prisons.  Today’s news indicates the willingness of the Wolf administration, even in the face of serious budget constraints not of the governor’s making, to listen to the concerns of the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania in this important matter.”