Welcome to the County of Berks
Prison Board

Chairman: Kevin Barnhardt, Commissioner

Vice Chairman: John Adams, District Attorney

Secretary: Sandra Graffius, Controller

Solicitor: Christine Sadler, Solicitor

Members: Christian Leinbach, Commissioner; Michal Rivera, Commissioner; Judge Scott Lash; and Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht.

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(Left to Right: Sheriff Weaknecht, Commissioner Leinbach, District Attorney Adams, Judge Lash,
Controller Graffius, Commissioner Rivera and Commissioner Barnhardt)

Meetings: Last Wednesday of each month at 9:00 AM
Location: Online Meeting (check the Online Meetings page for the next meeting/location)
Prison Board Minutes: Click here

What is the Prison Board?

The Prison Board is responsible for the safe-keeping, discipline, and employment of prisoners, and the government and management of the institution.

Why is there a Prison Board?

The Prison Board is in effect, in compliance with Pennsylvania Title 61 Pa. C.S.A. Below is an excerpt of this regulation:

1731. Establishment

(a) General rule. —

(1) In counties of the third, fourth and fifth class, the persons now holding the following offices and their successors in each county of the third, fourth or fifth class shall compose a board to be known as the board of inspectors of the jail or county prison.

(2) The following persons shall be members of the board:

(i) The president judge of the court of common pleas or a judge designated by him.

(ii) The district attorney.

(iii) The sheriff.

(iv) The controller.

(v) The county commissioners.