2009-04-30 / Local & State

Pa. Corrections Dept. Names 2 Prisons Being Built

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Groundbreaking is months away, but the state has names for two new state prisons.

The Corrections Department said Friday they will be called the State Correctional Institutions at Skippack Township East and at Skippack Township West.

They'll be built on the grounds of Graterford State Prison in Montgomery County, outside Philadelphia.

Together they'll have 4,100 beds for medium- and

maximum-security inmates.

They're currently expected to open within three years and will replace Graterford.

The construction is part of an $862 million effort to add nearly 9,000 beds to the system.

The state's also building new prisons in Centre and Fayette counties, and additional housing units in Crawford, Forest, Indiana and Northumberland counties.

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