York County Prison board approves housing of Dauphin inmates

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

York County Prison may soon be housing inmates from Dauphin County.

The Prison Board of Inspectors unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding to house pretrial inmates in a reciprocal agreement.

That means certain inmates from the nearby county could be held at the Springettsbury Township facility, as long as a court approves the relocation.

"This is the same as other MOUs with different prisons. We'll house a detainee, they'll take one of ours," Warden Adam Ogle said at the April 13 meeting before the board voted in favor.

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York County Prison in Springettsbury Township Monday, August, 24, 2020. Bill Kalina photo

The arrangement is a common one across the state, Ogle said. 

According to First Assistant District Attorney Tim Barker, situations that the MOU might be used for include when a safety risk is associated with that inmate being housed at York County Prison.

Because prisoner relocation is on a case-by-case basis, it's not known how many inmates from Dauphin County would be housed at York County Prison or vice versa. Neither county would pay the other for housing inmates unless there are additional costs associated, according to the agreement. Additional costs could include a situation in which a hospital visit was required and a staff member needed to use overtime to accommodate that.

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