Pennsylvania will send 2,000 prisoners to correctional facilities in cash-strapped Michigan and Virginia in February to ease overcrowding in its state prisons, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The inmates – all men without medical or behavioral issues – will be housed at $62 a day, which adds up to $22.6 million a year for each state.
“It’s a break-even deal,” said Susan McNaughton of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, saying it would cost $69 a day to house the prisoners in Pennsylvania. The 27 Pennsylvania prisons, built to hold 43,200 inmates, are housing 52,000, forcing some to bunk in modular units. Four prisons are scheduled to be built in Pennsylvania over the next several years at a cost of $800 million.