Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel Issues Statement on the Passing of Former Governor George Leader

May 09, 2013, 15:51 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Upon learning of the passing of former Governor George Leader, Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said that the thoughts and prayers of this agency's administration are with Leader family.

"If a man is measured by the impact he has on others, then Governor Leader was a giant in this commonwealth," Wetzel said.

"Not only did he fund a prison ministry, but he participated in that ministry and improved the lives of thousands of inmates," Wetzel continued.

Wetzel said that Leader worked with Governor Tom Corbett and with the Department of Corrections' administration to push corrections reform.

"True to his name, he really was a valuable asset for our administration in both educating the public and helping us to begin the conversation about improving corrections policy," Wetzel said.

"I personally benefitted from his advice about general government operations, but more importantly I benefitted from his friendship, and he will be missed."

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Corrections