State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections that three prisons in the Northeast that were being considered for closure will remain open.
“I truly believe that the outpouring of support by our region’s prison employees, their families and our state and federal legislators had a lot to do with the northeast state prisons all remaining open. I would like to thank Governor Tom Wolf and Corrections Secretary John Wetzel for listening to our concerns and taking the time to respond to our correspondence.
“Over the past few weeks, I was proud to stand side by side with fellow lawmakers at state hearings, town hall meetings and visits to our state prison system. Today, we can all forget about party affiliation and take solace in knowing that all the state prison employees from the northeast will be going to work right here at home. This was a tremendous united front and everybody should be extremely proud,” Haggerty said.