Groundbreaking set for new Northumberland County prison

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 24, 2017 9:43 AM

(Sunbury) -- A groundbreaking is set for later this week for a new prison in one midstate county.

Northumberland county commissioners have scheduled the event for the new Northumberland County Prison at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The prison complex will be built at the former site of Coal Township's Northwestern Academy, which was destroyed in a fire in 2015.

The facility is expected to  hold 186 inmates.

Commissioner Sam Schiccatano says the complex may include a drug rehab facility and a homeless shelter.

He adds the board is also considering moving the Weatherization Department to the site as well.

The facility is scheduled to open in a year.

In January 2015, fire ripped through old prison, which was nearly 140-years-old, destroying the structure.

The blaze prompted the evacuation of more than 200 inmates. 


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