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Warden Robert Karnes and his staff
manage the prison on a daily basis. The prison is located at 730 E Walnut
St., Lebanon PA 17042; phone 274-5451.
The primary purpose of the Lebanon County Correctional Facility is to
detain individuals awaiting trial and incarcerated persons legally sentenced
by a District Justice or the Courts. All procedures within the institution
will be consistent with the law and the policies established by the Prison
Lebanon County Prison Expansion
The expansion cost
Male cell block (maximum security)
3400sf/$200psf = $680,000 (16 cells (2 are handicap accessible)
or 32 beds & showers)
Female cell block (maximum
security) 900sf/$200psf=$180,000 (5 cells or 10 beds & showers)
Sewer grinder installation—$80,000
The Lebanon County Prison was built in 1979 and
occupied in 1980. The original maximum capacity was 146. In 1996
a prison expansion
added more housing areas that adjusted the maximum
capacity to 420. Without double-bunking the 2005
section, capacity is 462.
There are six male cellblocks including male work
release. There is one female cellblock.
Admission officers examine the legal commitment papers to
verify completeness and proper signatures.
Sick, injured, or unconscious prisoners are not admitted
to the prison unless medical treatment has been provided and a medical
doctor verifies the prisoner is not in need of emergency care.
All clothing is searched for contraband, and the prisoner
is given a shower. All personal property is recorded, and the inmate
receives a copy of the receipt. Personal property is properly stored or
released to whomever the prisoner designates.
Photographs and fingerprints are taken of all new
VISITING AND CORRESPONDENCE
There are established rules for visiting and mail. All
inmates are permitted at least one-half hour of visiting each week.
Children are permitted to visit as long as an adult accompanies them. All
visitors must sign in and show identification.
SECURITY & SAFETY
Inmate counts are conducted at least six times each day
with several informal counts conducted.
|There is a K-9 Patrol Unit at this facility. Eric B. Filler is the
K-9 Handler. Ciro is the main K-9, and Augie is retiring.|
The prison chaplain coordinates all religious activities.
The prison has a chapel for all religious activities.
DISCIPLINE & PUNISHMENT
A three-member board is formed to handle discilipinary
cases. Appeals are handled by the warden, and reviews of disciplinary
cases are completed every week.
A staff member has been appointed to handle victim
notifications working through the county victims' rights coordinator.
COST RECOVERY PROGRAM
As a rehabilitative measure, all sentenced inmates at the
Lebanon County Correctional Facility are responsible for sharing the cost
of their housing. While the cost to house, feed, clothe & protect inmates
during incarceration is about $32 per day, the charge is $10.00 per day.
Because they contribute to their own care by providing the County with a
portion of their wages (minimum of $70.00 per week), inmates in the work
release program are exempt from the cost Recovery Program. Further,
because they contribute to their own care by providing labor integral to
the day-to-day operation of the prison, "Trusty" inmates are exempt from
the Cost Recovery Program.
All inmates who are serving parole violation sentences
will be responsible in the same fashion, as they are sentenced by the
court, even if technically awaiting the review of their incarceration.
Parole violators are NOT pre-trial for purposes of the policy and shall
also be responsible for a housing fee of $10.00 per day. Lebanon County
does not get reimbursement from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for
housing state parole violators.
Upon sentencing, an inmate will be billed for each day
spent in Lebanon County Correctional facility (to include presentencing
time). Any and all time credited to any inmate's sentence time is a
billable housing day, even if boarding elsewhere, or temporarily out of
the facility. In exceptional cases where an inmate is not physically in
the facility, billable days may be subject to review.
This policy will also apply to all sentenced inmates
transferred to this facility from other institutions.
Fifty percent (50%) of all incoming funds deposited into
an inmate's account, regardless of the source, may be credited to their
negative balance, and the remainder will be credited to the inmate's
account for personal use. This procedure may continue until the inmate's
negative balance is satisfied.
At discharge any available funds from an inmate's account
will be credited toward their outstanding balance if any, prior to issuing
the inmate a discharge check.