PUBLIC STATEMENT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE: LIFERS, INC.

Building two prisons on the grounds of Graterford while a new, unused prison in Centre County already exists is an example of poor accounting procedures, akin to locking the barn after the horse has run away. No one should be convinced that building two prisons at the cost of $400 million will save the department money over the long run when the Secretary of Corrections say it will only cost $50 million to repair the old Graterford prison. No business could afford to remain in business when their bottom line shows negative growth and a huge deficit.

The only sane and reasonable thing to do is to deincarcerate by either dismantling the prison industrial complex, doing away with mandatory sentences (e.g. mandatory life without parole), or getting rid of the parole board.

Hugh Williams, Co-Chairman

Lifers, Inc. – Legislative Committee