The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 13, 2013

UPDATE: Heat back on at Snyder Prison

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE — The Snyder County Prison quickly fixed another problem with its heating unit overnight and heat has been restored to the facility.

Prison board chairman Malcolm Derk said the prison's boiler malfunctioned overnight in the same section of the prison where 21 female inmates were temporarily moved from earlier this week. While it is in the same part of the prison, a different part of the heating unit is not working properly.

Earlier this week, a section of the prison that houses the female inmate wing and administrative offices was affected by the malfunction that occurred Sunday.

“We issued extra blankets,” he said.

By Monday, though, the temperature in the women’s cell block had dipped to the mid-60s Fahrenheit while the outdoor temperatures plummeted into the teens, prompting staff to act.

Female inmates were moved to the second floor work-release
section and the five male inmates in work-release were temporarily placed in other cells, Derk said. Both of those areas had working heating units.

To keep the female wing from getting too cold until the malfunction could be repaired, two portable propane heaters were brought in.