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Lockdown Lifted, State Prisons Resume Normal Operations

12-day lockdown ends with new prison protocols in place

September 10, 2018 - 10:20 am
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By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The lockdown is over. The state Department of Corrections announced Monday all state prisons have resumed normal operations.

The 12-day lockdown was spurred by what the DOC calls a "drug crisis" that sickened more than 50 employees and 33 inmates.

The PA DOC sais in a statement that toxicology results confirmed the presence of synthetic cannabanoids such as K-2 in multiple staff exposures. Lab tests also confirmed synthetic cannabanoids and other illegal drugs in inmate overdoses.

During the lockdown, Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and Governor Tom Wolf announced new protocols, both temporary and long-term, across the state’s 25 facilities.

Those changes focus heavily on visitation and mail, both of which officials believe to be the main source of drugs entering the system.

Wetzel says he will not hesitate to return the system to a complete lockdown status if incidents resume.

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