Philadelphia Hopes to Close 19th Century Prison


Deputy Philadelphia Mayor Everett Gillison said a goal over the next five years is to close one of the city's prisons, a 19th Century structure called the House of Corrections that houses between 1,300 and 1,800 inmates, reports the Philadelphia Daily News.

The city’s daily prison population is down to about 7,700 – from about 10,000 a few years ago. Gillison credits the prison population decline to guiding inmates more efficiently through the legal system, as well as shifting some prisoners to the state correctional system. The city has also sought to move non-violent offenders serving on minor charges into day reporting facilities.

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