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Erie County Prison Employees Recognized For Good Work

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Some good news coming out of the Erie county prison.
After a year of negative publicity, employees there are being recognized.

Over the past year, the prison has faced a lot of scrutiny, but on Monday, the PA Department of Corrections Secretary was in town with a positive message.

Corrections Secretary John Wetzel came to the Erie county prison Monday to tour the facility, and recognize all the employees.
It's because the Erie county department of corrections got 100% on their state inspection.
And, was certified by the American Correctional Association, meaning they meet or exceed national standards in every aspect of their operation.

Over the past year, 7 corrections officers faced on-the-job discipline, and even criminal charges.
That brought a lot of negative publicity to the prison.
But, with more than 200 employees, officials say this shows that represented only a small percentage of their employees.

"We had individuals that misrepresented the quality of people that we have working here. We've replaced those individuals either by termination, by demotion or by punishment. And we've put new people in place and I think that our jail is really going to benefit by what we've gone through during the past few months." Said Erie County Executive Barry Grossman.

"Corrections is a field where you hear about it when something bad happens. So they had a bad run with a couple rouge staff members. So I thought it was a great opportunity to come and recognize the staff here for the job they do." Said Secretary Wetzel.

This was the first time in 18 years Erie's prison has seen a visit from the corrections secretary.

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