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State prisons changing inmate intake as part of coronavirus prevention efforts

State Correctional Institution – Retreat in Hunlock Creek, Pa.

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

State Correctional Institution – Retreat in Hunlock Creek, Pa.

(Harrisburg) — The Department of Corrections is changing the way it brings in newly sentenced inmates and parole violators in an effort to delay the new coronavirus entering that state’s prison system.

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said, starting Saturday, March 28, officials will use the State Correctional Institution at Retreat in northeastern Pennsylvania as the reception facility for male inmates.

Following a quarantine period at SCI Retreat, the new inmates will be sent to SCI Camp Hill for classification and evaluation.

New female commitments will continue to be received at SCIs Muncy and Cambridge Springs.

The department had planned to close SCI Retreat because of the state’s declining inmate population.

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