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GOV. CASEY RELEASES FUNDS FOR STATE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS

 GOV. CASEY RELEASES FUNDS FOR STATE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey today announced the release of $20.25 million for capital construction projects at seven state correctional institutions.
 The projects are a part of Operation Jump Start, Casey's program to create and preserve jobs and strengthen the economy through accelerated infrastructure improvements.
 "We are continuing the process of expanding the Commonwealth's prison system through capital construction projects," Casey said. "As part of Operation Jump Start, these projects, along with others, not only will provide construction jobs but will provide permanent jobs for corrections officers and other prison personnel."
 Funding for four projects, which have already been designed, is released for construction:
 -- Camp Hill State Correction Institution, a medium-security facility in Cumberland County, will receive $6 million to purchase and install a modular housing unit for an additional 128 cells.
 -- Huntingdon State Correctional Institution, a maximum security facility in Huntingdon County, will receive $1.483 million to construct a water treatment plant, install plumbing and rehabilitate the water spring and supply lines to the institution.
 -- Retreat State Correctional Institution, a medium-security facility in Luzerne County, will receive $3.587 million to build a new housing unit, which will provide 112 additional new cells, and $583,000 to renovate the facility's boiler plant.
 Following are projects released for design (money amounts are the total amount authorized for the project):
 -- Graterford State Correction Institution, a maximum-security facility in Montgomery County, will receive $7.155 million to build a new kitchen and renovate the five existing dining rooms to meet expanded needs of the prison population.
 -- Muncy State Correctional Institution, a medium-security facility for women in Lycoming County, will receive $576,000 to expand the kitchen and laundry to meet expanded needs of the prison population.
 -- Smithfield State Correctional Institution, a medium-security facility in Huntingdon County, will receive $870,000 to construct a new water storage tank and associated equipment.
 The governor's action allows the Department of General Services to advertise for bids for the construction of projects which have already been designed or solicit proposals for the design of new projects.
 The state capital budget is the Commonwealth's system for funding construction and improvements of public buildings through the sale of government bonds.
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 /CONTACT: Ben Livingood of the Department of Corrections, 717-975-4862, or Sue Grimm of the Commonwealth News Bureau, 717-783-1116/ CO: Pennsylvania Governor's Office; Pennsylvania Department of
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