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New Female Court Commits from Western PA Accepted at Cambridge Springs

January 22, 2019 12:00 AM
By: Sue McNaughton

PA Coat of Arms

On Jan. 22, SCI Cambridge Springs began accepting new female court commitments from northwestern PA counties. Previously these counties would drive these individuals to SCI Muncy, which is located in Lycoming County and serves as the diagnostic and classification center for women. The new commitments taken to Cambridge Springs will be from the following 15 counties:

  • Allegheny
  • Armstrong
  • Beaver
  • Butler
  • Clarion
  • Crawford
  • Erie
  • Forest
  • Fayette
  • Greene
  • Lawrence
  • Mercer
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Westmoreland

Once received, the newly-committed female inmates will remain at the prison for about three days, after which the DOC will transport the inmates to SCI Muncy for classification. It is estimated that up to 28 female inmates are committed to the DOC monthly by these 15 counties.

The benefit of this change will be felt by the counties who previously had to drive the individuals to SCI Muncy and incur any associated costs, such as wear and tear on vehicles, gas, possible lodging of transport officials, etc.

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