State budget proposal a ‘win’ for state correctional officers and employees

State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today said he is pleased with amendments to the Administrative Code that would provide protections for employees at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institutions.


Mullery said the new language passed by the Senate would require the Department of Corrections to hold public hearings before the agency can decide to close a state prison. A 30-day notice of the public hearing would have to be provided prior to scheduling.


“This result is welcome news to the more than 400 employees at SCI-Retreat in my legislative district, and the thousands employed in corrections across the Commonwealth," Mullery said.


In January, Mullery, along with Sen. John Yudichak and other members of the House and Senate Northeast Delegations, stood together to organize several hearings and informational sessions throughout the region to display the impact closure would have on the local economy.


“This revision ensures the voices of employees, their families, local and state government officials, and all those in the community will be heard during the decision making process," Mullery added.


SCI-Retreat, which is located in Newport Township, houses 1,103 inmates and employs more than 400 Luzerne County residents.


Mullery is vice chairman of the Northeast Delegation.