Collegeville – At 9:15 AM, Department of Corrections officials locked down SCI Graterford to begin the relocation of employees and inmates from the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Graterford to SCI Phoenix. DOC officials plan to move several hundred inmates each day, and they will continue the transition for however long it takes to complete the.operation.
“Employees and inmates have been waiting patiently for this move to take place,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “We are aware of the anxiety that this move has caused everyone, and we have worked diligently to plan for every aspect and to ensure that the transition is smooth for everyone involved.”
The DOC uses an incident command system to manage situations, and command centers have been opened at the DOC’s central office, Graterford and Phoenix.
The entire prison grounds are off limits to everyone, and a secure perimeter has been established thanks to assistance from other state prison staff and the Pennsylvania State Police.