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. It officially closed June 30, 2013.
History of State Correctional Institution - Greensburg
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. Due to a greater need for long-term inmates in the commonwealth, a Governor's proclamation on May 1, 1986, re-designated the regional facility to its current status, so inmates over the state can be accepted at Greensburg.