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]

Young adult offenders male ages 30–40[edit]

Institution Name Location Security Level
State Correctional Institution – Pine Grove Indiana, Pennsylvania Maximum Security

Adult female institutions[edit]

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State Correctional Institution – Cambridge Springs Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania minimum security
State Correctional Institution – Muncy Muncy, Pennsylvania close security houses all female capital punishment inmates & diagnostic and classification center for women

Adult male institutions[edit]

Minimum security[edit]

Institution Name Location Notes
State Correctional Institution – Laurel Highlands Somerset, Pennsylvania houses geriatric and mentally ill inmates
State Correctional Institution – Mercer Mercer, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution – Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania minimum to lower-medium security male inmates needing drug rehabilitation. Opened 1882 and originally called Penitentiary of Western Pennsylvania.
Motivational Bootcamp – Quehanna Karthaus Township, Pennsylvania Co-Ed and six-month duration
State Correctional Institution – Waymart Waymart, Pennsylvania originally 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]

Institution Name Location Notes
State Correctional Institution – Albion Albion, Pennsylvania Also close-security
State Correctional Institution – Benner Township Benner Township, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution – Coal Township Coal Township, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution – Chester Chester, Pennsylvania Opened 1998 first facility to treat inmates with substance abuse and be tobacco free
State Correctional Institution – Dallas Dallas, Pennsylvania Was originally designed for "defective delinquents"
State Correctional Institution – Houtzdale Houtzdale, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution – Mahanoy Frackville, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution – Retreat Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania Converted from a psychiatric hospital in 1981
State Correctional Institution – Rockview Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Begun in 1912 and opened in 1915 was originally planned to replace Eastern and Western Penitentiaries
State Correctional Institution – Somerset Somerset, Pennsylvania

Close security[edit]

Institution Name Location Notes
State Correctional Institution – Camp Hill Camp Hill, Pennsylvania Diagnostic and classification center, riots occurred here in 1989
State Correctional Institution – Huntingdon Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Opened 1889 first for young offenders and then "defective delinquents" modeled after the Elmira Correctional Facility
State Correctional Institution – Smithfield Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Maximum security[edit]

Institution Name Location Notes
State Correctional Institution – Fayette LaBelle, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution – Forest Marienville, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution – Frackville Frackville, Pennsylvania
State Correctional Institution – Graterford Graterford, Pennsylvania Opened 1929 Pennsylvania's largest prison and worked with Eastern State Penitentiary until its closing in 1970.

Supermax security[edit]

Institution Name Location Notes
State Correctional Institution – Greene Waynesburg, Pennsylvania Houses most of state's capital punishment inmates