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Pennsylvania Inmate Records

Pennsylvania inmate records are documents containing the official information of persons detained, booked, or incarcerated in jails, correctional inmate facilities, or penal institutions run by the State of Pennsylvania or any cities or counties. The data provided in these records include the inmate's personal information, such as full name, date of birth, race, and sex. Requesters also have access to inmate-specific data such as the inmate's booking number, the inmate's current location, and the inmate's status. This information is available for public inspection based on the Pennsylvania Right To Know Law.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections manages the state's prison system and oversees the care and confinement of over 40,000 inmates across 25 state prisons. In addition, its facilities include boot camps and a community corrections center. The state provides a prison lookup tool that interested persons can query for each prison's details and location. These facilities operate with varying rules and regulations that the public must follow to contact, mail, or visit inmates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Send Money to Inmates in Pennsylvania Prisons

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

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, the 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 in Pennsylvania Prisons

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.

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 inmate.

How to Perform a Pennsylvania Prison Inmate Search

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections manages records of individuals held in correctional facilities managed by the state. Interested persons can use the inmate lookup tool to perform a free inmate search by name. Information on the public platform is updated daily to reflect changes in the state's registry and inmate status.

Researchers can also use the tool to obtain information on parolees under the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole supervision. It provides general information such as the parolee's name, race, date, and the county in which the parolee resides. In addition, searches can be sorted by name, parole number, county of residence, district number, and race.

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

How to Perform a Pennsylvania Jail Inmate Search

Performing an inmate search in Pennsylvania county jails is relatively simple. Most of the counties in Pennsylvania provide access to inmate information via an online search tool. These tools make it easy for the public to find a person in jail. For instance, Philadelphia provides access to its prison system via an inmate locator tool. In contrast, the Bucks County Department of Corrections provides inmate records via PA SAVIN. In addition, users can specify different search criteria using the inmate's name or a known PPN registration number.

Individuals that need to know how to find out if someone is in jail can also contact 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.

The Difference between Pennsylvania State Prisons and County Jail

Pennsylvania's state prisons and county jails are responsible for the incarceration of tens of thousands of people each year. These facilities are operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) and the county sheriff's office, respectively.

The DOC is responsible for the operation of 23 state prisons, which house approximately 49,000 inmates. The department also supervises nearly 19,000 offenders on parole or probation.

Pennsylvania's county jails are operated by the sheriff's office and are responsible for the incarceration of pretrial detainees and persons sentenced to jail terms of two years or less. There are 73 county jails in Pennsylvania, which collectively house about 11,500 inmates.

Both state prisons and county jails in Pennsylvania provide inmates with basic amenities such as food, clothing, and shelter. Inmates are also provided with access to medical care and education programs.

State prisons in Pennsylvania offer a variety of educational programs, including adult basic education, GED preparation, and vocational training. These programs are designed to help inmates prepare for reentry into society.

County jails in Pennsylvania typically do not offer the same level of amenities or programming as state prisons. However, some county jails do offer basic education and substance abuse treatment programs.

How Do I Find Out a Pennsylvania Inmate Release Date?

Pennsylvania allows the public to obtain inmate records containing inmates' incarceration details and their potential release dates. Interested researchers can find an inmate's release date using the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' online inmate lookup tool. They can also obtain inmate release information through PA SAVIN or VINELink.

Pennsylvania State Archives

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  • Arrests & Warrants
  • Criminal Records
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  • Inmate Records
  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Bankruptcies
  • Tax & Property Liens
  • Civil Judgements
  • Marriages & Divorces
  • Death Records
  • Birth Records
  • Property Records
  • Asset Records
  • Business Ownership
  • Professional Licenses
  • Unclaimed State Funds
  • Relatives & Associates
  • Address Registrations
  • Affiliated Phone Numbers
  • Affiliated Email Addresses

Results are based upon available information from state, county and municipal databases, and may not include some or all of the above details.

Aerial view of Eastern State Penitentiary

The facility was operational from 1829 until 1971 and was once the world's most well-known and expensive prison in the world.

  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
  • Between 2006 and 2010, approximately 3.4 million violent crimes went unreported.
  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
  • There were nearly 7.7 million property crimes in the United States in 2017. This represents a 3.6% decrease from the previous year.
  • Some newspapers have reported the cost of a public record can cost between $5 and $399,000.
  • In 2017, there were 1,920 presidential pardon requests. Of those, 142 were granted.