Group says prison conditions are not ideal

SUNBURY — The NorthumberlandCounty prison can’t operate effectively because of understaffing, too many inmates, and major facility issues. That’s the opinion of a statewide group which calls the lockup ‘one of the worst in the state.’

 

Bill DiMascio is the Pa Prison Society President.  He said, “NorthumberlandCounty Prison is an example of a facility that is overcrowded and underfunded.  That makes it very difficult for the staff to do anything effectively.”

 

Pa Prison Society member David Young said prison is not as comfortable as some people believe, and there is opportunity for harsh treatment.   In response to commissioner Vinny Clausi’s claims that a prisoner had to unclog a toilet with his own suit, Young said it is a possibility.

 

“It is a problem to try and verify some of the claims that are made by the prisoners or by anybody in the business,” he said.  “Things happen in the middle of the night that wardens don’t know about.  There’s stuff going on.  There are people that are behind bars and there are people that are guarding them.  Who knows.”

The Pennsylvania Prison Society is a non-profit organization that advocates for humane treatment of prisoners.  You can find more information at www.prisonsociety.org.  DiMascio and Young were guests on WKOK’s On The Mark program Friday.  You can hear more of their comments on the prison system by downloading that program at WKOK.  (Codi Jade)

 

Bill DiMascio is the Pa Prison Society President.  He said, “Northumberland County Prison is an example of a facility that is overcrowded and underfunded.  That makes it very difficult for the staff to do anything effectively.”

 

Pa Prison Society member David Young said prison is not as comfortable as some people believe, and there is opportunity for harsh treatment.   In response to commissioner Vinny Clausi’s claims that a prisoner had to unclog a toilet with his own suit, Young said it is a possibility.

 

“It is a problem to try and verify some of the claims that are made by the prisoners or by anybody in the business,” he said.  “Things happen in the middle of the night that wardens don’t know about.  There’s stuff going on.  There are people that are behind bars and there are people that are guarding them.  Who knows.”

The Pennsylvania Prison Society is a non-profit organization that advocates for humane treatment of prisoners.  You can find more information at www.prisonsociety.org.  DiMascio and Young were guests on WKOK’s On The Mark program Friday.  You can hear more of their comments on the prison system by downloading that program at WKOK.  (Codi Jade)

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