List of Pennsylvania state prisons

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This is a list of state prisons in Pennsylvania. It does not include federal prisons or county jails located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Historical (closed)[edit source | edit]

Young adult offenders male ages 15–20[edit source | edit]

Institution NameLocationSecurity Level
State Correctional Institution - Pine GroveIndiana, PennsylvaniaMaximum Security

Adult female institutions[edit source | edit]

Institution NameLocationNotes
State Correctional Institution - Cambridge SpringsCambridge Springs, Pennsylvaniaminimum security
State Correctional Institution - MuncyMuncy, Pennsylvaniaclose security houses all female capital punishment inmates & diagnostic and classification center for women

Adult male institutions[edit source | edit]

Minimum security[edit source | edit]

Institution NameLocationNotes
State Correctional Institution - Laurel HighlandsSomerset, Pennsylvaniahouses geriatric and mentally ill inmates
State Correctional Institution - MercerMercer, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution - PittsburghPittsburgh, Pennsylvaniaminimum to lower-medium security male inmates needing drug rehabilitation. Opened 1882 and originally called Penitentiary of Western Pennsylvania.
Motivational Bootcamp - QuehannaKarthaus Township, PennsylvaniaCo-Ed and six month duration
State Correctional Institution - WaymartWaymart, Pennsylvaniaoriginally part Fairview State Hospital. Has Forensic Treatment Unit & houses inmates with mental disorders who require inpatient psychiatric care and treatment. The 1989 riot at the State Correctional Institution - Camp Hill expedited the opening.

Medium security[edit source | edit]

Institution NameLocationNotes
State Correctional Institution - AlbionAlbion, PennsylvaniaAlso close-security
State Correctional Institution - Coal TownshipCoal Township, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution - ChesterChester, PennsylvaniaOpened 1998 first facility to treat inmates with substance abuse and be tobacco free
State Correctional Institution - DallasDallas, PennsylvaniaWas originally designed for "defective delinquents"
State Correctional Institution - GreensburgGreensburg, PennsylvaniaClosing in 2013
State Correctional Institution - HoutzdaleHoutzdale, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution - MahanoyFrackville, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution - RetreatHunlock Creek, PennsylvaniaConverted from a psychiatric hospital in 1981
State Correctional Institution - RockviewBellefonte, PennsylvaniaBegun in 1912 and opened in 1915 was originally planned to replace Eastern and Western Penitentiaries
State Correctional Institution - SomersetSomerset, Pennsylvania

Close security[edit source | edit]

Institution NameLocationNotes
State Correctional Institution - Camp HillCamp Hill, Pennsylvaniadiagnostic and classification center, riots occurred here in 1989
State Correctional Institution - CressonCresson, PennsylvaniaConverted from a psychiatric hospital. Closing in 2013
State Correctional Institution - HuntingdonHuntingdon, PennsylvaniaOpened 1889 first for young offenders and then "defective delinquents" modeled after the Elmira Correctional Facility
State Correctional Institution - SmithfieldHuntingdon, Pennsylvania

Maximum security[edit source | edit]

Institution NameLocationNotes
State Correctional Institution - FayetteLaBelle, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution - ForestMarienville, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution - FrackvilleFrackville, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution - GraterfordGraterford, PennsylvaniaOpened 1929 Pennsylvania's largest prison and worked with Eastern State Penitentiary until its closing in 1970.

"SuperMax" security[edit source | edit]

Institution NameLocationNotes
SCI-GreeneWaynesburg, Pennsylvaniahouses most of state's capital punishment inmates