By RICHARD F. BELISLE
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A decrease in the daily inmate population at the Franklin County Prison has prompted county officials to delay indefinitely plans to increase capacity at the 25-year-old lock-up.
But the man who runs the prison insists that the expansion should begin soon.
Ray E. Rosenberry, 56, warden at the prison on Franklin Farm Lane since 1992, said his population on Monday was 236 prisoners out of an operating capacity of 278. "It's like a yo-yo," Rosenberry said. "I could have 15 bailed out today and they could send me 20 more tomorrow. I have no say on what comes in."
The record population occurred in March 1996 when 287 prisoners were locked up, he said. The complex includes the main prison building and the 64-bed annex next door that houses minimum security, work release and female prisoners.