County Prison: One Less Thing For Lally To Worry About
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Given that the state hasn't fully cleaned up its own house, could or would it actually have the gall to
close our old county jail if the over crowding and structual conditions do not improve? Our county
controller has cautioned a few times that the state could order our county jail closed if we don't move
quickly to get the best possible interest rate, to borrow money to build a new jail. But would the state
really close the county jail?

Maybe. Nobody here under estimates bureaucracy, its power and occassional shockers and stupidity.

Until, however, the state finds a way to treat state psychiatric patients and their families better than
prisoners and their families, the state would be so downright hypocritical to even threaten to close our
county jail for conditions. Do we have the worst county prison in the state? Has the state closed any
county locks up for poor or outdated site structure? Possibly, but I imagine that the controller would be
telling us so, if there have been such closures.




The state should never dare even threaten to close Fayette's jail, unless, structurally, it is going to cave
in tomorrow.

Here's one reason why.


These photos at this link are some of the depressing, chilling sights of abandoned, crumbling buildings
that family members of our county's psychiatric patients sometimes have seen during their drive in to
the occupied part of the closest state hospital grounds. This little city of ruins and abandoned scary
buildings -- one here, one there -- is what our state hospital patients see when they progress far enough
in treatment to earn grounds privileges, to walk alone unescorted or work on the property.

These same abandoned, scary buildings that are part of the down to earth real treatment environment
of all state hospital patients and their families who visit them are the same scary abandoned buildings
that entice various ghost chasers to sneak onto the property at night to film paranormal activity.

Some of the still-occupied 100 or more year old buildings with intact plaster are nearly as scary as the
abandoned, crumbling ones. Even the state hospital's one "newer" building, in an unannounced
re-inspection in 2012, was still not in compliance with the Department of Health Life Safety Codes, as
noted in this
PA Department of Health building inspection report.

Then there's building 6, housing a state forensic unit transferred from Mayview, which failed state
building inspection and re-inspections of fire safety codes. In one building, fire would progress too
quickly due to high-risk building or flooring material, but the alarms and sprinklers work. In another,
where building materials or structure make up are in compliance, the alarms and generators failed at
inspection and re-inspection.




Given that the state hasn't fully cleaned up its own house, so to speak, could or would it actually have
the gall to close our county jail if the over crowding and structual conditions do not improve?

Maybe, but till the state finds a way to treat its state psychiatric patients and their families better than
prisoners and their families, the state would be so downright hypocritical to even threaten to close our
county jail.  Our county controller should not waste time worrying that the state might close the county
jail and force the county to foot the bill to farm out all of its prisoners.

I would much rather hear how he thinks the county will pay for a new jail or additions to the current
jail to solve the problem.


jt
25 Jul 13
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(Editor's Note: During this week's visit at the state hospital, there was some improvement noted.
Abandoned buildings located along the main roads on the grounds to occupied buildings were more
secured than shown in the photos at the above link. Entry doors were shut, most broken windows were
replaced, while tall trees grow inside some abandoned multiple story buildings. After decades of being
unsecured with easy access to patients with grounds priviledges, the abandoned buildings are more
secured, thanks, no doubt, to the night time paranormal trespassers filming there.)





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