State Correctional Institution – Greensburg

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State Correctional Institution - Greensburg
Seal of the Department of Corrections of Pennsylvania.svg
Location Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Security class Medium-Security
Opened June 2, 1969[1]
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

State Correctional Institution – Greensburg is a Medium-Security prison, holding all male inmates. The facility is located directly off of U.S. Route 119 in Hempfield Township, about five miles South of downtown Greensburg. The institution is located about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, in the western part of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

On January 8, 2013 state officials announced the prison would be closed.[2] It officially closed June 30, 2013.[3]

History of State Correctional Institution - Greensburg[edit]

This facility opened to prisoners on June 2, 1969 as the first regional correctional facility in Pennsylvania, only housing short-term offenders from a 9-county area of the western part of the commonwealth, due to the age and overcrowding in county facilities.[1] Due to a greater need for long-term inmates in the commonwealth, a Governor's proclamation[4] on May 1, 1986, re-designated the regional facility to its current status, so inmates over the state can be accepted at Greensburg.

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Coordinates: 40°16′08″N 79°33′50″W / 40.26889°N 79.56389°W / 40.26889; -79.56389