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Corrections officer fired

Published September 16. 2010 05:00PM

Mark Sullivan, Pottsville, was relieved of his duties as a correctional officer at the Schuylkill County Prison by the prison board in action taken at their quarterly meeting held Wedneday at the county prison in Pottsville. He was charged with violating the county's sexual harassment policy.

Sullivan was accused by a nurse who works for PrimeCare, of Harrisburg, which provides health service to the inmates. He failed to appear at a hearing scheduled to hear the complaint. After a 25 minute executive session the board took action in dismissing Sullivan.

Warden Eugene Berdanier gave the monthly report on the physical plant.

A new microphone was installed for the intercom speaker system, a lock on a gun cabinet replaced, a medical stool was acquired to assist inmates undergoing x-rays. The monthly operational cost for the prison was $336,300.44. The prison population as of Wednesday was 224 males and 54 females.

Report of PrimeCare showed 47 inmates were seen by dentists, two HIV tests performed, one hepatis case reported and 111 underwent various tests.

Twenty-one inmates were on work release and monthly revenues for room and board totaled $5,020.02 and $1,980 was collected toward their costs and fines. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program completed 23 jobs, service were provided for 75 senior citizens and 16 community service jobs and four jobs for the county were completed.

Under the Schuylkill County Prison Education Program 12 inmates enrolled in the education classes. Inmates who are 21 years of age and younger are interviewed and given opportunity to earn credits towards their high school diplomas if they had not already graduated.

The board accceted the resignatin of Vincent LaSelva as prison guard. He plans to enroll in the state police academy. The prison board meets four times a year in the prison library and holds monthly meetings in the courthouse.

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