2009-02-12 / Features

Judge: Prison Work Release Not Being Used Enough

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) - A judge says one Pennsylvania county is losing thousands of dollars because it's not using its prisoner work-release program enough.

President Judge Robert Sacavage has long pressed for expansion of work release programs.

At a prison board meeting Wednesday, he said overcrowding in the Northumberland County Prison is limiting access to the program.

At the same time, Warden Ralph Reish says the economy is cutting into work release use because there "are no jobs out there.''

Only two of the 16 inmates in the program are working jobs outside the prison. Last year, the county collected roughly $20,000 from work-release - down by more than half from the year before.

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