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…
January 12, 2013