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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2024 09:08 AM
From: Senator David G. Argall
To: All Senate members
Subject: Eliminating the Residency Requirement for Corrections Officers
There are few jobs as stressful and essential as a corrections officer in our state prisons - working day and night, weekends and holidays to ensure the safety of inmates and their fellow prison staff.

Staffing shortages are causing many problems for this vital workforce including mandatory overtime, increased stress, and more violent incidents.   

To ensure the safety of both corrections staff and inmates, I will introduce legislation to eliminate the residency requirement for corrections officers. Since many of our state prisons are within close proximity to other states, this legislation will provide real relief to Pennsylvania’s overworked state corrections officers.

This legislation, and identical legislation proposed by Rep. Clint Owlett (R-68), are supported by the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as SB1085