- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - The state is closing a juvenile treatment facility on the site of a former state prison, citing a drop in the number of youth offenders.

The Department of Human Services said Monday the Cresson Secure Treatment Unit in Cresson Township will close by the end of September.

A spokeswoman tells the Altoona Mirror (https://bit.ly/1KtxDOS ) the 52-bed facility for male youths is running at less than half of capacity.

Patients will be transferred to other facilities offering similar treatment, education and counseling services.

The non-profit organization that runs the center for the state says it’ll help 60 full-time and 16 part-time employees find new jobs.

The prison has been up for sale since it closed in 2013. Officials say they’ll also make the treatment facility available to buyers.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com

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