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State prisons in central Pa. to use model to reduce inmate violence

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 5, 2016 11:24 AM
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FILE PHOTO: A solitary corrections officer looks out from a tower at one corner of the state prison in Camp Hill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Somerset) -- A disciplinary model that has reduced assaults at a western Pennsylvania prison is being implemented at nine other state prisons, including three in central Pennsylvania.

The state Department of Corrections says the system -- known as the Swift, Certain and Fair model -- will be implemented in the midstate at Frackville in Schuylkill County, Camp Hill in Cumberland County and Coal Township in Northumberland County.

It willl also be utilized at prisons in Muncy, Houtzdale, Benner, Albion, Mercer and Dallas.

The model aims to reduce inmate aggression by penalizing offenders swiftly and consistently.

It has been used as part of a pilot program at the State Correctional Institution in Somerset, which officials say had 20 assaults on staff last year and 35 on inmates.

Officials say there have been three assaults on staff at the prison from January through April and seven on inmates.

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