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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Warden Robert Karnes and his staff manage the prison on a daily basis.   The prison is located at 730 E Walnut St., Lebanon PA  17042; phone 274-5451.

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The primary purpose of the Lebanon County Correctional Facility is to detain individuals awaiting trial and incarcerated persons legally sentenced by a District Justice or the Courts.  All procedures within the institution will be consistent with the law and the policies established by the Prison Board.

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January 2005
Lebanon County Prison Expansion
The expansion cost $1,298,830
· Male cell block (maximum security) 3400sf/$200psf = $680,000 (16 cells (2 are handicap accessible) or 32 beds & showers)
· Female cell block (maximum security) 900sf/$200psf=$180,000 (5 cells or 10 beds & showers)
· Sewer grinder installation—$80,000
· Site work--$100,000

The Lebanon County Prison was built in 1979 and occupied in 1980.   The original maximum capacity was 146.  In 1996 a prison expansion

added more housing areas that adjusted the maximum capacity to 420.   Without double-bunking the 2005 section, capacity is 462. 

There are six male cellblocks including male work release.  There is one female cellblock.



Admission officers examine the legal commitment papers to verify completeness and proper signatures.


Sick, injured, or unconscious prisoners are not admitted to the prison unless medical treatment has been provided and a medical doctor verifies the prisoner is not in need of emergency care.


All clothing is searched for contraband, and the prisoner is given a shower.  All personal property is recorded, and the inmate receives a copy of the receipt.  Personal  property is properly stored or released to whomever the prisoner designates.


Photographs and fingerprints are taken of all new commitments.


There are established rules for visiting and mail.  All inmates are permitted at least one-half hour of visiting each week.  Children are permitted to visit as long as an adult accompanies them.  All visitors must sign in and show identification.



Inmate counts are conducted at least six times each day with several informal counts conducted.

bulletThere is a K-9 Patrol Unit at this facility.  Eric B. Filler is the K-9 Handler.   Ciro is the main K-9, and Augie is retiring.


The prison chaplain coordinates all religious activities.  The prison has a chapel for all religious activities.


A three-member board is formed to handle discilipinary cases.   Appeals are handled by the warden, and reviews of disciplinary cases are completed every week.


A staff member has been appointed to handle victim notifications working through the county victims' rights coordinator.



As a rehabilitative measure, all sentenced inmates at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility are responsible for sharing the cost of their housing.  While the cost to house, feed, clothe & protect inmates during incarceration is about $32 per day, the charge is $10.00 per day.  Because they contribute to their own care by providing the County with a portion of their wages (minimum of $70.00 per week), inmates in the work release program are exempt from the cost Recovery Program.  Further, because they contribute to their own care by providing labor integral to the day-to-day operation of the prison, "Trusty" inmates are exempt from the Cost Recovery Program.


All inmates who are serving parole violation sentences will be responsible in the same fashion, as they are sentenced by the court, even if technically awaiting the review of their incarceration.  Parole violators  are NOT pre-trial for purposes of the policy and shall also be responsible for a housing fee of $10.00 per day.  Lebanon County does not get reimbursement from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for housing state parole violators.


Upon sentencing, an inmate will be billed for each day spent in Lebanon County Correctional facility (to include presentencing time).  Any and all time credited to any inmate's sentence time is a billable housing day, even if boarding elsewhere, or temporarily out of the facility.  In exceptional cases where an inmate is not physically in the facility, billable days may be subject to review.


This policy will also apply to all sentenced inmates transferred to this facility from other institutions.


Fifty percent (50%) of all incoming funds deposited into an inmate's account, regardless of the source, may be credited to their negative balance, and the remainder will be credited to the inmate's account for personal use.  This procedure may continue until the inmate's negative balance is satisfied.


At discharge any available funds from an inmate's account will be credited toward their outstanding balance if any, prior to issuing the inmate a discharge check.


1995$2,385,433 1996$2,724,719 1997$3,183,421 1998$3,447,622
1999$3,598,928 2000:  $3,727,374.00 2001:  $4,158,439.00 2002:  $4,413,607.00
2003:  $5,609,794.00 2004:  $5,771,617.00 2005:  $6,057,274.00 2006:  $6,253,427.00