Delaware to move hundreds of inmates to Pennsylvania

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018|1:03 p.m.

DOVER, Del.– Delaware prison authorities plan to move numerous prisoners from the site of a deadly inmate uprising to Pennsylvania to decrease overtime for badly understaffed correctional officers.

Delaware’s Department of Correction said Wednesday that officials participated in a two-year contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to accept as much as 330 Delaware inmates. The arrangement calls for Delaware to pay Pennsylvania $123 per inmate, each day, to house transgressors sentenced in Delaware.

Authorities say the picked prisoners have more than 5 years remaining on their sentences and will go back to Delaware to finish their sentences when the correctional officer job rate is forecasted to be “substantially lower.”

There are currently 237 jobs statewide.

A review performed after a fatal riot in 2015 found Delaware’s maximum-security prison to overcrowded, understaffed and mismanaged.

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