Delaware County Takes Control of Last For-Profit Prison in Pennsylvania



PhillyVoice Staff: Noah Zucker | April 8, 2022


The George W. Hill Correctional Facility, the last for-profit prison in Pennsylvania, has been taken over by Delaware County after 24 years of private control.


The GEO Group handed over responsibility Wednesday following a six-month transition period. The prison, located in Thornton, has long faced allegations that inmates and staff were mistreated.


"I am extremely proud of the thoughtful and deliberate work that has gone into this process," said County Councilman Kevin Madden, who also chairs Delco's Jail Oversight Board. "A multinational corporation whose very existence relies on keeping our jails full has been replaced by a county management team laser-focused on preparing inmates for life on the outside and reducing recidivism."


Madden and others, including the Delco Coalition for Prison Reform, had been pushing for the prison to be taken out of private control for years.


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