State Correctional Institution – Greene

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State Correctional Institution Greene
Seal of the Department of Corrections of Pennsylvania.svg
Location Franklin Twp, Greene Co, PA
Status Open
Security class Maximum security, Supermax
Capacity 1,478
Population 1,727 (as of January 31, 2017)
Opened November 9, 1993 (1993-11-09)
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Governor Tom Wolf
Warden Robert Gilmore
Website SCI Greene
Notable prisoners
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jimmy Dennis, Jerry Sandusky

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]

As of the late 1990s many of the prisoners came from urban areas and almost 70% were black, while whites made up over 90% of the prison guards.[5]

Notable inmates[edit]

Life imprisonment:

Other imprisonment:

  • Jerry Sandusky, Serial child rapist and former Penn State assistant coach [7]
  • Khalid Kareem (alias S Money) - Pittsburgh rapper sentenced to five years in federal prison in 2014 for his role in a heroin ring[8]

Death row:

Notable staff[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ America's Supermax Prisons Do Torture Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  2. ^ "Franklin township, Greene county, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 23, 2010.
  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 f 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. ^ "Sandusky moved to prison housing death row inmates". Associated Press. 
  8. ^ "Pittsburgh rapper Khalid Kareem sentenced for role in heroin ring". September 26, 2014. 

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