Another delay in the move from SCI Graterford to new state prison

The project was started in 2009 and is more than two years overdue.

Jim Melwert
July 02, 2018 - 3:15 pm
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A project plagued by delays has yet another postponement, with a missed target date for the new state prison in Montgomery County. 

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections had said they planned to have prisoners out of State Correctional Institution (SCI) Graterford and into the new SCI Phoenix in Collegeville by the end of the state’s fiscal year on June 30, even hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference on June 1 to announce to move.

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The agency now said they will not release a timeline or a date for the move into the prison citing security concerns.

The project was started in 2009 and is more than two years overdue.

But as the most recent deadline came and went, the Department of Corrections said, "The move will not happen until the agency is comfortable that a full search of SCI Phoenix is completed and the new facility is deemed secure."