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Details on prank calls to state prison emerge

By Staff | Jul 8, 2013

MUNCY – A 25-year-old Philadelphia woman was charged with making hundreds of prank calls to the state Correctional Institution at Muncy. She did not make the calls from the prison.

A state police criminal complaint charging Perrice Goodlett with misdemeanor harassment for allegedly placing hundreds of calls to the prison on Route 405 listed the jail as the woman’s address.

An affidavit with the complaint also said that 901 prank calls made to the prison’s switchboard between early November 2011 and mid-March last year were traced back to a cellphone number that was “listed on an inmate’s phone list,” police said.

When a trooper called the number, it went automatically to voicemail, “which indicated the name ‘Perrice Goodlett,’ ” police said.

However, during the time the prank calls were made, Goodlett was not even an inmate at Muncy or any other state correctional institution in the commonwealth, Lucas said.

Goodlett was not committed to SCI Muncy until late November 2012 when she began serving a one- to three-year state prison sentence following a conviction of aggravated assault.

It appears that the prank calls were made from some unknown location in the Philadelphia area, police said.

While Goodlett has admitted to making 400 nuisance calls to the prison because she was “bored and lonely,” police said they believe the actual number of calls was about 900.

A ban on cellphones at the prison has been in effect for several years. Cellphones are considered contraband, according to Lesley Lucas, assistant to the Superintendent.

In the event an inmate is discovered to have a cellphone on them, the phone will be seized immediately and the inmate will face possible disciplinary action, Lucas said.