Work-Release Facility To Open

The York County Commissioners today announced the upcoming opening of the new work-release facility at the York County Prison.

The Commissioners in February 2011 purchased a vacant building across the street from the prison to convert into new work-release housing. The new facility at 3403 Concord Road replaces work-release “trailers” on the prison grounds. The trailers must be removed by the end of 2012 per an agreement with Springettsbury Township.

Work-release and minimum-security prisoners are expected to begin populating the new, 300-bed facility within the next two weeks pending code inspection approval. The project is expected to be completed on time and within its $6.95 million budget.

“We commend our staff for their diligent work on this project,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke, president of the York County Prison Board. “The new building provides a cost-effective, long-term solution to our work-release housing needs.”

The new housing will free approximately 150 beds in the prison. The additional space can be used for both local prisoners and federal immigration detainees.

The federal government pays the county $83 per day for each detainee held at the prison.

The county will save approximately $100,000 per year in lease payments for the trailers currently housed on prison grounds.

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