Some inmates already are volunteering,” said department spokeswomanSusan McNaughton.
McNaughton said inmates’ relationships with families and friends are an important consideration, and the department plans to make video conferencing available for transferees who want to stay in touch. Conversely, inmates who have received the fewest visits during their incarceration in Pennsylvania may be more likely to be transferred, she said.
The more than 210 men on Pennsylvania’s death row are unlikely candidates for transfers because of the elaborate security precautions required when moving them.
None of the six states under consideration — Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia –shares a border with Pennsylvania.
Tom Beauclair, deputy director of the Justice Department’s National Institute of Corrections in Washington, said interstate sharing of prison space is common, although 2,000 is a large number to transfer at once.