Commissioners to hold town halls on Cavalcante escape

Danelo Cavalcante in custody on Wednesday.

Following the successful conclusion of the search for Chester County Prison escapee Danelo Calvacante, the Chester County Commissioners will hold Town Hall meetings for Chester County residents, to provide information on security enhancements at Chester County Prison, explain the emergency communication process for county residents, and to offer counseling services for those who have experienced emotional stress related to the escape incident.

The first two Town Hall meetings will take place on Monday evening, September 18 and Wednesday evening, September 20, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at Pocopson Elementary School, 1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester.

Attending the Town Hall meetings with the Chester County Commissioners will be Chester County Acting Warden Howard Holland, Chester County Director of Emergency Services Bill Messerschmidt, and a team from the Chester County Disaster Crisis Outreach Referral Team (DCORT) who will offer trauma-informed counseling support at the meetings and information on further counseling services.

“The nightmare of the past two weeks may have concluded with the capture of Cavalcante, but there are many questions that we know our residents have, especially those who live close to the prison.  These Town Hall events will serve to provide an update on prison security and emergency communication and will also give us the chance to listen to residents and answer their questions,” said County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline.  “We stand ready to bring the resources of Chester County to bear, to support residents as they process and recover from this incident.”

Additional Town Hall meetings will be scheduled as needed, following the September 18 and 20 events.

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