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SCI Retreat Community Comes Out in Force to Keep Prison Open
By wnep.com- Peggy Lee
Published: 11/22/2019

NANTICOKE, Pa. -- Emotions were high at the packed meeting inside the Nanticoke municipal building as the SCI Retreat community came out in force to demand the state prison near Shickshinny remain open.

“It's in our mission statement to make our communities safer. But closing another prison, we are going against our mission statement,” said Leo Kaskel with the Service Employees International Union.

This is the second meeting with the Department of Corrections, which says it is $137 million in the red and is weighing the idea of closing SCI Retreat to save millions.

But those at the prison say millions will be lost in jobs, local economy and without a state prison, public safety will be threatened.

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