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What are Inmate Records?

Pennsylvania inmate records contain official information of persons detained, booked or incarcerated in jails, correctional inmate facilities, or penal institutions run by the State of Pennsylvania or any of its cities or counties. The data provided in these records consist of general information such as the inmate’s full name, date of birth, race, and sex. Inmate records also include inmate-specific data such as the inmate’s booking number, the inmate’s current location, and the inmate’s status.

Pennsylvania Correctional System

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections manages the state’s prison system. It oversees the care and confinement of over 40,000 inmates across 25 state prisons. Its facilities include boot camps and a community corrections center. Each of these facilities operates with varying rules and regulations that the public must follow to contact, mail, or visit inmates.

What's the difference between Pennsylvania County Prisons and State Prisons?

The primary difference between Pennsylvania county prisons and state prisons is the institution responsible for their control. State prisons fall under the control of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, while county prisons (or county jails) are managed by the county sheriff’s office or law enforcement agency for the county.

How to Send Money to an Inmate

JPay processes all money order transactions to Pennsylvania inmates. The payment service provider is also used to send online and over-the-phone transactions. Residents of the state can deposit funds into an inmate’s account using a lobby kiosk situated at any of the individual prisons or online. Acceptable forms of payment for kiosk deposits include cash, credit cards, and debit cards.

Sending Money

To send money to an inmate’s account, members of the public must fill out a deposit slip, clearly listing the inmate’s name, the inmate’s ID number, sender’s name, and contact details. A maximum of $300 per card is permitted for payments with one or multiple credit cards and $999.99 for money orders. Walk-in transactions have a maximum limit of up to $5,000.

How to Visit Inmates

While the rules for visiting inmates vary with different facilities, some general guidelines are maintained across most facilities. Inmates are permitted to have visits of up to an hour. Longer visits are allowed, depending on the available space and the inmate’s custody level. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at the facility at least 120 minutes before the end of visiting hours.

Visiting with Kids

Most of the facilities have designated play areas and playrooms for children. However, the kid's welfare and care remain the responsibility of the accompanying adult. Most of the facilities allow visits at least four days of the week, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with a maximum of five visitors per inmates.

Location of Pennsylvania Correctional Facilities

Pennsylvania State Correctional institutes (SCI) are divided into four security levels: Maximum, close, medium and minimum. In 2019, the prison system has five maximum-security facilities, 10 medium-security facilities, three close security facilities, and four minimum-security facilities. The location and contact information of each facility can be found below.

SCI Albion
Erie County (25)
10745 Route 18
Albion, PA 16475-0001
(814) 756-5778

SCI Benner Township
Centre County (14)
301 Institution Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 353-3630

SCI Cambridge Springs
Crawford County (20)
451 Fullerton Avenue
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
(814) 398-5400

SCI Camp Hill
Cumberland County (21)
P.O. Box 8837, 2500 Lisburn Road
Camp Hill, PA 17001-8837
(717) 737-4531

SCI Chester
Delaware County (23)
500 E. 4th Street
Chester, PA 19013-4551
(610) 490-5412

SCI Coal Township
Northumberland County (49)
1 Kelley Drive
Coal Township, PA 17866-1020
(570) 644-7890

SCI Dallas
Luzerne County (40)
1000 Follies Road
Dallas, PA 18612
(570) 675-1101

SCI Fayette
Fayette County (26)
50 Overlook Drive
LaBelle, PA 15450-1050
(724) 364-2200

SCI Forest
Forest County (27)
286 Woodland Drive, P.O. Box 307
Marienville, PA 16239-0307
(814) 621-2110

SCI Frackville
Schuylkill County (54)
1111 Altamont Boulevard
Frackville, PA 17931-2699
(570) 874-4516

SCI Graterford
Montgomery County (46)
P.O. Box 246, Route 29
Graterford, PA 19426-0246
(610) 489-4151

SCI Greene
Greene County (30)
169 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370-8090
(724) 852-2902

SCI Houtzdale
Clearfield County (17)
P.O. Box 1000
209 Institution Drive
Houtzdale, PA 16698-1000
(814) 378-1000

SCI Huntingdon
Huntingdon County (31)
1100 Pike Street
Huntingdon, PA 16654-1112
(814) 643-2400

SCI Laurel Highlands
Somerset County (56)
P.O. Box 631, 5706 Glades Pike
Somerset, PA 15501-0631
(814) 445-6501

SCI Mahanoy
Schuylkill County (54)
301 Morea Road
Frackville, PA 17932
(570) 773-2158

SCI Mercer
Mercer County (43)
801 Butler Pike
Mercer, PA 16137
(724) 662-1837

SCI Muncy
Lycoming County (41)
Box 180, Route 405
Muncy, PA 17756-0180
(570) 546-3171

SCI Pine Grove
Indiana County (32)
189 Fyock Road
Indiana, PA 15701-6542
(724) 465-9630

SCI Pittsburgh
Allegheny County (2)
3001 Beaver Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 761-1955

Quehanna Boot Camp
Clearfield County (17)
4395 Quehanna Hwy
Karthaus, PA 16845-9714
(814) 263-4125

SCI Retreat
Luzerne County (40)
660 State Route 11
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621-3136
(570) 735-8754

SCI Rockview
Centre County (14)
Box A, 1 Rockview Place
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-4874

SCI Smithfield
Huntingdon County (31)
P.O. Box 999, 1120 Pike Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 643-6520

SCI Somerset
Somerset County (56)
1590 Walters Mill Road
Somerset, PA 15510-0001
(814) 443-8100

SCI Waymart
Wayne County (64)
P.O. Box 256 Route 6
Waymart, PA 18472-0256
(570) 488-5811

Training Academy
Lancaster County (36)
1451 North Market Street
Elizabethtown, PA 170

How to Find Inmate Records for PA Counties and Cities

Most of the counties in Pennsylvania provide access to inmate information via an online search tool. For instance, the city of Philadelphia provides access to its prison system via an inmate locator tool, while the Bucks County Department of Corrections provides access to inmate records via the State Automated Victim Notification System (SAVIN). Users can specify different search criteria using the inmate’s name or a known PPN registration number.

Members of the public can also obtain information on inmates held in county jails by contacting the support desk of the sheriff’s office responsible for overseeing law enforcement in the county or sending a request to the local city police department. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections provides an online list of Pennsylvania county prisons and administrative contacts.

How to Find Inmates Records for Pennsylvania State Prison

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections manages records of individuals held in correctional facilities managed by the state. It provides public access to inmate records via an online inmate/parolee locator tool. Information on the public platform is updated daily to reflect changes in the state’s registry and inmate status.

Using the Inmate Locator Tool

Interested parties can use the tool to learn an inmate race and date of birth or to search for the inmate’s housing facility. Searches can be made by name (full name), inmate number if known, committing county, and location.

The tool can also be used to obtain information on parolees who are currently under the supervision of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. It provides general information such as the parolee’s name, race, and date as well as the county in which the parolee resides. Searches can be sorted by name, parole number, the county of residence, district number, and race.

Alternatively, members of the public can monitor the location of inmates held in Pennsylvania prisons using the Pennsylvania Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (PAVIN) or Vinelink. It provides regularly updated information on the status of persons held in state prison or county jails.

Pennsylvania State Archives

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Aerial view of Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

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