PITTSBURGH – Warden Orlando Harper released the following statement today regarding his partial lift of the lockdown at the Allegheny County Jail which has been in effect since Monday, September 3:
“Effective immediately, the lockdown has been lifted for all pods with the exception of 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F, Level 6 and Level 7. Segregation units 8E and 4F will operate as normal.
“Those pods released from the lockdown have been authorized for full recreation and split recreation (only half the pod at a time will be released for recreation). Inmates housed on those pods will also be allowed telephone, commissary and programming.
“We are continuing the search of the facility and will re-evaluate the release of the remaining pods from lockdown on an ongoing basis. These steps are being taken to ensure the safety and security of all those at the facility – from inmates under our control and custody, to our employees, volunteers and visitors. That safety remains our number one priority.”