Dauphin County Prison locked down for ‘top-to-bottom search’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Dauphin County Prison has been locked down for a facility-wide search of weapons, drugs, and other contraband.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Amy Richards Harinath said the prison will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Harinath said the “top-to-bottom search,” which includes offices and jail cells, began at 4:30 a.m.

“There’s always some bad apples, that cause an issue. Whether the bad apples are staff or the bad apples are inmates, we want to find out where they were and get everything done,” said County Commissioner Jeff Haste.

Correctional officers routinely check prison cells and units. Harinath said this search was requested by Dauphin County officials and Warden Brian Clark. Haste said no specific incident led to the search.

“Our new warden, Brian Clark, thought it was important we go in and have a clean sweep of everything, just to see what’s there. Basically to set a new baseline for security,” said Haste. “We tried to keep it as quiet, and I think we were able to that, as possible. Our own staff didn’t even know about it and that was done for a reason so it could be as clean of a search as we can do.”

If any contraband is found, the district attorney’s office will investigate.

Initial findings are expected to be announced late Friday.

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