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Lisa Baker

Closing prisons is 'new normal,' not politics, senators told

Pennsylvania corrections officials on Monday tried to battle back suggestions from state senators that a move to close two prisons is designed to squeeze more money out of a Republican-controlled Legislature that has resisted a major tax increase to close a projected budget deficit.

The joint Senate committee hearing came three days before the date Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration planned to announce which prisons would be closed.

The reception for corrections officials was testy: The state Capitol hearing was packed with guards and their supporters, who are pressing lawmakers to oppose the closings. Prosecutors and the corrections officers' union warned about an...