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I havent heard from my loved one since wednesday so im dure they are locked down , that sucks
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Is houtzdale locked down today?
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Default All PA State Prisons on Lockdown August 29, 2018 until further notice

I just learned of this state-wide lock down tonight on the late news.
There are very few details online about what this means for families of inmates, other than that visits are suspended.

Does anyone know any additional information on this lock down? My son is housed at Somerset, which was one of the prisons where employees have gotten sick. If they are on lock down, that means he won't be able to call me to let me know he's ok.

Apparently they are rejecting all but legal mail to come into the prisons, due to an "unknown substance" making people ill. I guess that makes sense, however, why does the DOC not acknowledge that drugs are smuggled into the prisons in many cases by guards? A CO was just fired early this year because they caught him smuggling drugs into Somerset......

I am very worried tonight......

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Yes, as of today, Thursday, Aug 30th 2018 at 6:30am DST - I just read the same thing in some of the online newspapers that I have been reading this morning.


Having been in a state prison before in Penn lock-downs are not easy to deal with as being in prison is hard enough to begin with.


Not much I can copy and paste to this post or supply a link as my time limits me this morning but reading newspapers online will give anyone who this may affect a lot of information as this progresses over the next couple of hours/days.


The substance seems to be a "type" of K2 synthetic "pot", but there are many stories out there.


Anyone planning a visit should be aware that all prisons are on lock-down and all visits are suspended until further notice. Also, all incoming inmate mail is being held and only legal mail given to the inmates. I doubt there will be any phone calls from inmates to family as lock-down means you are locked in your cells/dorms 24/7.
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Our son was to be paroled before this happened. He had is home plan approved, urine test was good, etc. We have just been waiting for the call to know when we could get him. It has been three years. Now we know why the call has not come. I hope this ends very soon.
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Hopefully it won't last very long...
I now know why D didn't call at 4 pm like always.

Thomas66-hopefully this shouldn't delay your son's parole-hoping you are able to get word from him somehow/someway!
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State-wide....wow. I hate this for everybody. From what I'm reading, Ohio has the same problem (20 inmates & guards sickened) Here is some info / links to articles on PA's lockdown:

All Pennsylvania Prisons Locked Down Indefinitely for Sickness Scare, State Says

All state correctional institutions in Pennsylvania were placed under lockdown order Wednesday afternoon as the Department of Corrections tried to get to the bottom of a mysterious illness among some staffers, the DOC said.

Pennsylvania's corrections system includes 26 prisons and six smaller facilities. Combined, the DOC housed more than 47,000 prisoners in July, according to the most recent report.

The lockdown was ordered amid reports of "multiple staff members sickened by unknown substances," the DOC said in a statement.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/All-Pennsylvania-Prisons-Locked-Down-State-Says-492011741.htm


Pennsylvania orders lockdown of all state prisons, cites sickness from smuggled chemical drugs

In a rare, perhaps unprecedented modern-day emergency order, all Pennsylvania prisons are locked down to the outside world because staff are falling ill from contraband synthetic drugs.

The statewide lockdown, announced Wednesday by Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, closed 21 prisons to visitors and halted most mail service for 46,768 inmates. It also required all 15,000 employees to don protective gear.
http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/m...29-story.html#


The above article, from what I read (it kinda pissed me off) blames an awful lot on the inmates rather than anyone/everyone with access to the facility (ie guards, contractors, etc)
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Here's a link to the WHYY.com article about the PA prison lockdown. Maryland has also stopped visitation for the same reason.
https://whyy.org/articles/pennsylvan...utm_content=nd
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I can well understand why there is no movement of prisoners within the prison that are not leaving the facility. But, why can't one be released if he has already been through all the hoops and crossed all of the T's? Plus his prison is not one sited as having been contamination. He was not at the 11th hour before release. He was at 11:55.
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Fentanyl overdosing by skin contact.
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This is the latest from the DOC:

Severity : 1-HIGH DOC Lockdown The Department of Corrections continues with a system-wide lock down until further notice in response to numerous instances of staff and inmate exposure to suspicious substances requiring medical treatment. Inmate visitation will continue to be cancelled during this time. Inmate mail, except for legal mail, will continue to not be processed until further notice. However, effective Saturday, September 1, routine showers and exercise will resume for L5 units; dietary, infirmary, laundry and commissary to include inmate workers for those areas will resume; access to phones, kiosks and showers on general population units will resume using normal sign up procedures; submission of commissary order forms and delivery of commissary to units will resume.

They will gradually resume normal operations so that the men and women aren't locked down. Our sense is that visiting and non-legal mail will resume once additional precautions are in place. The ingoing mail is not being rejected; it's being held in the mailrooms and scanned for traces of substances. We don't anticipate much more in the way of visitor screening except -- perhaps -- more thorough scanning and the presence of canine units at visitor parking and entry points.

This began a few weeks ago at SCI Mercer, where two mailroom employees were taken to the hospital for what turned out to be the effects of skin contact with a substance (which they will not officially identify). Since then, all staff touching mail, visitors and inmates must wear gloves.

The Department of Health is assisting in identifying the vector(s) and developing proper response.
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Does anyone know is sci forest is currently on lockdown..haven't received a call in 2 days!!!
all pa prisons are on lockdown they are bringing in hazmat teams the 7th so hopefully it will be lifted around then. If you google all pa prisons on lockdown you can read the story.
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So sad for those who have gotten sick and annoying for those who are being "punished" but had nothing to do with it! It stinks how some people ruin it for everyone else... : ( Grateful for the calls and emails that can (and have) resumed! Hoping the mail and visits resume as well.
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Our son is coming home tomorrow! Thank God!
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Our son is coming home tomorrow! Thank God!
Whooo Hoooo!! No need for a countdown.....all you have left is a Wake Up!!! ...or as we sometimes like to say:



I'm really happy for ya'll that the lockdown has not affected your son's release!
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I hope that we are able to get some sleep. We have to get up at 4:00 am.
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I hope that we are able to get some sleep. We have to get up at 4:00 am.

Ha! Good luck with that Why do you think we call it an Up All Night


Has anyone heard anything about when the lockdown will be lifted? krystie913 mentioned the possibility of the 7th....any updates?
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Yay Thomas66!!! So so excited for you all-keep us posted with how everything goes! : )
I just got an email from D who shared a new address everyone has to write to when writing an inmate in the PA DOC- Smart Communications/PADOC, Inmate Name, #, Institution, PO Box 33028, St Petersburg, FL 33733.
No word on the lock down ending however. They have been able to get out and shower, make calls, check kiosk, etc fairly regularly tho, at least on his Block...
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So happy for you! Congratulations!


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This thread is about the lockdown, so let's stay on topic.

The lockdown conditions will be gradually eased. Each facility is doing this at their own speed. Our Official Visitors were back inside last week and all visiting will resume on Monday, Sept. 10th.

I will open a new thread about the policy changes.
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Effective 9/10/18, DOC has lifted the lockdown at all prisons and have resumed "normal operations".
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