Prison Reform Law In Pa Leaves Out One Important Detail

07.06.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Prison reform became law on Thursday in Pennsylvania. Sort of. Governor Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 100 into law. It diverts nonviolent, addicted offenders from state prison by treating their addition issues at a local level. It sounds simple, and it'll save the state 250-million-dollars over 5 years.

But there's a part of the bill that was supposed to take effect that didn't make it in the final version. It's the part that returns cash to individual towns if a convict is sent back to them. Tom Corbett says that will be picked up in the fall when lawmakers return to work. But Katrina Currie, a policy analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation, says failing to pass both pieces limits the effectiveness of the bill and delays savings for towns.