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Pa. prisons chief addresses crowding problems

Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard says something has to be done to slow the growth of the prison population.
/ Source: PhillyBurbs.com

Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard says something has to be done to slow the growth of the prison population.Beard told members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee that efforts to divert non-violent offenders into non-prison settings should be stepped up. He also says the state should reduce the number of parolees who are sent back to prison for minor "technical" violations.Sen. Stewart Greenleaf is the committee chairman who presided over Monday's hearing. The Montgomery County Republican says it makes sense to reserve prisons for the most dangerous offenders. He says the state should develop more construcive options for non-violent criminals.The Corrections Department plans to board as many as 2,000 inmates outside of Pennsylvania starting early next year.