HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – People urging Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration not to close Retreat State Prison will get a second chance to be heard after a microphone picked up Corrections Secretary John Wetzel during a public hearing whispering to a deputy that he was only pretending to pay attention.
The Citizens’ Voice of Wilkes-Barre reports that Wolf’s administration scheduled a second hearing on Nov. 21. Retreat is near Wilkes-Barre in northeastern Pennsylvania.READ MORE: Frick Park Bridge Collapse: 10 People Injured, 4 Sent To Hospital
Wetzel’s comments last month prompted several area lawmakers to urge Wolf to fire him.READ MORE: At Site Of Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse, President Joe Biden Promises To 'Fix Them All'
Wolf’s administration in August announced its plan to close Retreat as money-saving move as the inmate population declines and costs rise.
Retreat has about 400 employees and 1,100 beds. Retreat’s original buildings date back to the 19th century and it has the fewest beds of Pennsylvania’s 25 state prisons.MORE NEWS: Investigation Begins Into Cause Of Pittsburgh Bridge Collapse While Rebuilding Could Take Nearly 2 Years
(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)