Welcome to the Prison Talk Online Community! Take a Minute and Sign Up Today!






Go Back   Prison Talk > U.S. REGIONAL FORUMS > PENNSYLVANIA > Pennsylvania General Prison Talk, News, Introductions & Chit Chat
Register Entertainment FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Pennsylvania General Prison Talk, News, Introductions & Chit Chat Topics & Discussions relating to Prison & the Criminal Justice System in Pennsylvania that do not fit into any other Pennsylvania sub-forum category. Please feel free to also introduce yourself to other members in the state and talk about whatever topics come to mind that may not have anything to do with prison.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-18-2018, 09:16 AM
fbopnomore fbopnomore is offline
Site Moderator

PTO Site Moderator Staff Superstar Winner 

Donation Award 
 

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 27,463
Thanks: 42,452
Thanked 20,538 Times in 11,949 Posts
Default Graterford Inmates moving soon?

An article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer discusses the imminent move of inmates from Graterford Prison to State Correctional Institution Phoenix (next to Graterford), including the existing programs that will be cancelled.

"Pennsylvania's newest, most expensive prison is finally ready - and inmates are dreading it"


http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pe...nsive%20prison
__________________
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to fbopnomore For This Useful Post:
bobble60 (05-20-2018)
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 05-20-2018, 07:35 AM
bobble60's Avatar
bobble60 bobble60 is offline
Moderator

PTO Moderator 

 

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Suburban Philly, PA, USA
Posts: 6,736
Thanks: 606
Thanked 2,229 Times in 1,237 Posts
Default

Sadly, the article can only present the two "sides" of every issue raised and can't help readers draw accurate conclusions.

I walked through SCI Phoenix a couple months ago as they put the final touches on the paint. It's truly spectacular. For example: it has air conditioning, the plumbing WORKS, it's bright, it has more than 40 classrooms, it has a state-of-the-art medical suite, it has two spacious and beautiful visiting centers, it has more phones and kiosks on the units ...

We supported Phoenix because it would improve the quality of life for the prisoners through far better conditions of their confinement.

True, it's not the old single-structure where inmates can roam; it's now comprised of separate housing units and a centralized service building. True, it has thousands of cameras, electronic controls of doors and gates and controlled access -- just like every other prison in Pennsylvania.

Inmates aren't upset that they're moving to new, clean housing and better program spaces; they're upset because the new facility will feel more like a modern prison rather the old one they felt they could control. Welcome to the 21st Century.

The new Superintendent is coming over from SCI Benner, which was up until now the newest facility in Pennsylvania. She's an incredibly warm and caring person whom the inmates at Benner liked and respected. Superintendent Link has done a great job during her tenure at GFRD and we're confident that this paradigm will continue into Phoenix. The DOC has also temporarily assigned a Deputy Secretary to assist with the transition, and I know him to be an excellent administrator with a strong commitment to inmate welfare.

During the actual move, it would be impossible to continue the day-to-day routine, especially with programs. At some point, they have to "box up", move and unpack, and that's going to lead to discontinuity. Programs necessarily have to be suspended and then allocated new space, of which there's actually more, not less. Again, I walked through the facility. What will not exist at Phoenix is the use of old closets and hidden spaces for programs, and programs will likely have to share resources rather than claim them as their own. If a program doesn't continue after June 30th, it's because that's the last day of the DOC's fiscal (and program) year and decisions revolve around that date. But, those programs which are truly beneficial will always survive the cuts.

It would have been great in Philly.com hadn't imparted a negative spin in the article -- as they have done every time -- through their choice in interviewees and comments.
__________________
Justice and compassion don't have to be exclusive.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to bobble60 For This Useful Post:
fbopnomore (05-21-2018), patchouli (05-20-2018), waitinguntil001 (05-21-2018)
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CCI Will be moving 120 inmates Quarli California Correctional Institution (CCI) - Tehachapi 0 11-11-2010 09:20 PM
Moving Inmates WVMOM2005 West Virginia General Prison Talk, News, Introductions & Chit Chat 16 03-21-2010 10:40 AM
Moving Inmates do97jdl Tennessee General Prison Talk, News, Introductions & Chit Chat 19 06-05-2009 09:09 AM
Moving inmates ShadyBrady Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered People in Prison 2 12-10-2008 06:47 PM
moving inmates Tracy68 San Quentin State Prison (SQ) - California 4 03-25-2005 10:59 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:59 PM.
Copyright © 2001- 2017 Prison Talk Online
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Website Design & Custom vBulletin Skins by: Relivo Media
Message Board Statistics