SCI Phoenix, one of Pennsylvania's costliest taxpayer-funded facilities, opens

Jim Melwert
July 11, 2018 - 3:11 pm
SCI Phoenix

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — State Correctional Institution Graterford was locked down Wednesday morning to begin the process of transferring inmates to a brand new $400 million residence.

The new building, SCI Phoenix, was built less than a mile from the nearly century-old Graterford in Skippack Township.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections plans to move several hundred prisoners each day for as long as it takes to complete the transfer.

Officials said the property is off limits to everyone, and they're securing the 1.6-mile perimeter as they move prisoners.

SCI Phoenix will house around 3,800 inmates. It was originally planned to open in November 2015, but was delayed by a series of construction issues, making it the second most expensive taxpayer-funded building behind the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.