Yes, In My Backyard


This article was written on 06 Mar 2013, and is filled under In The News, Pennsylvania.

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g000258000000000000a72afb5764cc0052650b2a9b037ce7286e0338261It was a banner headline appearing in the July 25, 1986, edition of The Tribune-Democrat: “270 to be hired at new prison.”

The state had spent nearly $20 million to upgrade the massive complex started in 1913 as a sanitarium for tuberculous patients and converted in the 1960s into the Cresson Center for the mentally challenged.

For 100 years, the tree-covered ridge at the top of the mountain in Cresson Township has provided an economic boost.

Tribune headlines last week screamed a different message: ”Cresson prison to close.” The subheading talked of the loss of hundreds of jobs, part of a state effort to save $23 million this year and move the 1,500 inmates to Centre County.

The next-day headline, “Cresson in shock,” spelled out the despair felt by officials, residents and prison employees…

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Cresson’s future: Possible reuse of the massive facility considered

January 12, 2013


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