State Correctional Institution – Fayette

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State Correctional Institution - Fayette
Seal of the Department of Corrections of Pennsylvania.svg
Location Luzerne Township, Fayette County,
near Centerville, Washington County, Pennsylvania
Status Open
Security class Maximum-Security
Capacity 2,034[1]
Opened September, 2003
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

The Fayette State Correctional Institution is a 2,000 bed Maximum-Security Prison located in a remote section of Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The prison is located southeast of Pittsburgh and was built to replace two institutions[2] (SCI-Waynesburg and SCI-Pittsburgh) to make the Commonwealth's energy bills more energy-efficient. It is also the only prison in the Commonwealth where Pennsylvania license plates are manufactured, holding that distinction since 2003.[3]

Construction of SCI-Fayette[edit]

The $125 Million, 238-Acre facility was constructed on a former strip-mine site. The institution, which is 692,000 square feet, under roof and 53-acres under the perimeter fence.[4] The facility comes complete with the state-of-the-art secure features that a modern prison features. The construction of the prison also helped local villages near the facility receive public sewage and created a sewage treatment plant[5] for itself and neighboring homes.

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Coordinates: 40°00′02″N 79°59′17″W / 40.00056°N 79.98806°W / 40.00056; -79.98806