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Default House of Correction in Philadelphia closing by 2020

Mayor Kenney: Philly’s Oldest Prison to Close by 2020

At 91 years old, the House of Correction on State Road is the oldest city-run facility still in use — but it won’t be replaced.

With Philadelphia zeroing in on its goal to reduce the city’s overall prison population by 34 percent, Mayor Jim Kenney and Prisons Commissioner Blanche Carney jointly announced on Wednesday that the aging House of Correction will close by 2020.
At 91 years old, the decrepit prison on State Road stands as Philly’s oldest city-run facility still in use. It has been continuously operated since the massive structure was completed in 1927. According to a release from the mayor’s office, the House of Correction “requires constant maintenance due to its age and lacks modern security and public safety features.”

Read more at https://www.phillymag.com/news/2018/...ysL2k4vth4v.99
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We have been hoping for this for years. Anyone touring the facility would be impressed with the ancient architecture and simultaneously appalled that we house human beings this way.

The credit goes to those who have helped the city reduce its jail population over the last few years. We've gone from triple-celling (the infamous blue boats) to closing a jail.
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HOC was essentially closed some months ago. It had 200 persons incarcerated there in April, 2018. The Phila.Prison website daily census indicates no one is currently housed there. GREAT NEWS!!! It was the most disgusting, dirty, poorly maintained and dangerous jail!
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