U.S. Industrial Prison

Pennsylvanians wondering when the $400 million, concrete State Correctional Institution Phoenix will finally open can wonder a lot more, after reviewing the denunciatory letters exchanged by the prison's builder and the state's private agent monitoring the work.  The largest prison ever built in a state whose incarcerated population has lately declined, Phoenix will house nearly 4,000 Philadelphia-area inmates, including its women's and death-row units, next to what Corrections Commissioner John Wetzel says is the badly outdated stone Graterford prison, in pleasant Skippack Township north of the city.

Glen Low