The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 8, 2013

Wozniak: Cresson state prison to close

Randy Griffith

CRESSON — State prisons in Cresson and Greensburg will close when a new Centre County facility opens, State Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, said today.

Wozniak said a member of Gov. Tom Corbett's administration delivered the news to him earlier in the day. A department spokeswoman declined comment when contacted by the Associated Press, but Corrections Secretary John Wetzel plans a Wednesday announcement.

Benner State Prison in Centre County cost nearly $200 million to build, but it's been vacant so far. Wozniak says the prisons that will close are Greensburg State Prison in Westmoreland County and Cresson State Prison in Cambria County.

Wozniak says most prisoners from Cresson and Greensburg will be moved to Benner.