State Correctional Institution – Greene

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State Correctional Institution – Greene
Seal of the Department of Corrections of Pennsylvania.svg
LocationFranklin Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania
Security classMaximum security, Supermax
Population1,717 (92.6%) (as of September 30, 2019)
OpenedNovember 9, 1993 (1993-11-09)
Managed byPennsylvania Department of Corrections
GovernorTom Wolf
WardenMichael Zaken
WebsiteSCI Greene
Notable prisoners
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jimmy Dennis, Jerry Sandusky

The State Correctional Institution – Greene (SCI Greene) is a maximum security prison, classified as a Supermax,[1] located in Franklin Township, Greene County, Pennsylvania, near Waynesburg, off Interstate 79 and Pennsylvania Route 21.[2][3] Pennsylvania Department of Corrections operates the prison, which houses most of Pennsylvania's capital case inmates.[3]

It is in the far southwest of the state,[4] near the border with West Virginia, in a rural area.[5]


SCI Greene opened in late 1993.[3][6]

Around 1996, some prisoners stated that some guards used more force than necessary to control them, and a video camera had captured evidence related to the complaint. Charles Graner, a prison guard who began working at SCI Greene in 1996, was the defendant in two lawsuits, each by a different prisoner; both lawsuits were dismissed as one disappeared after finishing his sentence and the other had submitted his lawsuit after a deadline. Graner later became known for the Abu Ghraib scandal.[5]

Facility and operations[edit]

The prison had 11 cell blocks. As of 2012 SCI Greene had 1,750 prisoners and 720 employees. The death row prisoners are in blocks G and L; they normally stay in their cells but may go to a recreational area and the library.[6] Greene was built with the newest features at the time, including central air conditioning.[5]

The prison had cable television installed at the time of its opening.[5]


As of 2012, SCI Greene had 157 death row prisoners, about 75% of the prisoners under Pennsylvania state death sentences.[6]

Notable inmates[edit]

Life imprisonment:

  • Walter Meyerle, convicted of 170 counts of molesting boys and girls ages 4 to 17. The crimes spanned 13 years, from 1997 to 2010.
  • Cosmo DiNardo, convicted of four murders in Bucks County in 2017.[7]
  • Ben Birdwell, one of the murderers of the Freeman family.
  • Russell Maroon Shoatz, convicted in the murder of Police sergeant Francis Von Colln. Founder of Black United Movement in Philadelphia; former member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army.
  • [[Matthew Duch, killed 2 of his daughters and mother in law while writting see you in hell on the wall with his dead childs blood. he killed the daughters because he didnt want them to breed and spread his wifes blood. His sons survived in order to spread Mr Duchs seed.

Other imprisonment

Death row:

Notable staff[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ America's Supermax Prisons Do Torture Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  2. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Franklin township, PA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 2 (PDF p. 3/6). Retrieved 2022-08-01. State Correctional Institution Greene - 2010 Map Index and pages 1, 2, and 3.
  3. ^ a b c "SCI Greene." Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Retrieved on May 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Wetzel, Dan. "Jerry Sandusky's slim chance for appeal hurt by decision to send him to supermax prison." (Archive) Yahoo! News. Thursday November 1, 2012. Retrieved on August 16, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e Lieberman, Paul and Dan Morain. "Unveiling the Face of the Prison Scandal." Los Angeles Times. June 19, 2004. Retrieved on July 9, 2016. p. 3.
  6. ^ a b c Yates, Riley. "Life on Death Row." McCall. August 4, 2012. p. 1.
  7. ^ "Inmate/Parolee Locator".
  8. ^ a b "Inmate/Parolee Locator".

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°54′22″N 80°08′14″W / 39.9060°N 80.1371°W / 39.9060; -80.1371