Inmate count drops at WCCC
BY PAT FARNELLI
Wyoming County Press Examiner
The Wyoming County Correctional Facility has finally gotten its inmate population stabilized.
The count was given as 67 male and eight female, totaling 75, reported Warden Ken Repsher during the county Prison Board meeting Tuesday.
There are 10 prisoners boarded at the Lackawanna County Correctional Facility, and one at the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility.
The warden noted that a new computer system is being installed that will operate the jail doors, at approximately $11,000.
The A Better Today program, often referred to as ABT, has been doing a good job, but the prison program is just about out of money, said Commissioner Tom Henry.
Most grant programs that cover rehabilitation do not pay for such programs at prisons. He said that about $20,000 is needed to keep services going for the rest of the year.
President Judge Russell Shurtleff said that ABT programs may be an eligible expense for Act 13 Impact Fee funds. He said, “I really do feel this makes a difference.”
A woman’s counseling group has been going well, and Repsher said that a separate female inmate’s ABT group would be a good idea.
Sheriff Ned Sherman said
“Kenny and I need to put $20,000 in the budget for transport costs.” He said that a fiberglass insert that would enable a county van to be converted for prisoner transport has been priced out, and that JTech out of New Holland has said that benches could be installed in the van for less, that would enable fewer staff to transport more prisoners at the same time.