State Correctional Institution – Forest

Coordinates: 41°28′51″N 79°05′51″W / 41.48083°N 79.09750°W / 41.48083; -79.09750
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State Correctional Institution - Forest
LocationMarienville, Jenks Township,
Forest County, Pennsylvania
Security classMaximum-Security
OpenedOctober, 2004
Managed byPennsylvania Department of Corrections

State Correctional Institution – Forest is one of two identical correctional facilities in Pennsylvania that were constructed in the beginning of the twenty-first century to hold maximum-security male inmates. SCI Forest is located in the community of Marienville, in remote Forest County.

Creation of SCI-Forest[edit]

SCI - Forest and SCI-Fayette, which are identical in size and design, were constructed to accommodate overcrowding at SCI-Pittsburgh and SCI-Waynesburg, which were "mothballed"[1] after the opening of SCI Forest. Construction of the correctional facility cost $126 million.

Notable Inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Andrew Jerome Wurst EA5775 Serving a 30-60 year sentence with possibility of parole in 2028.[2][3] Perpetrator of the 1998 Parker Middle School dance shooting in which he murdered teacher John Gillette.[4][5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "State Announces Plan To 'Mothball' 'Western Pen'" - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4/19/2004 (Retrieved 5/7/2011)
  2. ^ Palattella, Ed. "Andrew Wurst loses appeal in 1998 killing of teacher near Edinboro". Erie Times-News. Retrieved 2024-01-30.
  3. ^ "Inmate/Parolee Locator". Retrieved 2024-01-30.
  4. ^ staff, CBSNews com staff CBSNews com (1998-04-25). "Students Pray For Slain Teacher - CBS News". Retrieved 2024-01-30.
  5. ^ Hays, Kristen (1998-04-26). "8TH-GRADER HELD IN FATAL SHOOTING". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2024-01-30.
  6. ^ "Student Guns Down Science Teacher Chaperoning School Dance". The New York Times. Associated Press. 1998-04-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-01-30.

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