State Correctional Institution – Huntingdon

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State Correctional Institution - Huntingdon
Seal of the Department of Corrections of Pennsylvania.svg
Location Smithfield Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Security class Close-Security
Opened 1889
Managed by Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

State Correctional Institution – Huntingdon is a close-security correctional facility, located near Huntingdon, in the Allegheny Mountains. SCI Huntingdon was, until the reopening of SCI-Pittsburgh, the oldest-operating state correctional facility in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


The facility was opened in 1889[1] and was modeled after the Elmira Reformatory in New York and was called the Huntingdon Reformatory for Young Offenders. SCI Huntingdon was used for "defective delinquents" until 1960, after that it became a maximum-security prison, housing Capital Case inmates until 1995. SCI Huntingdon is now a close-security institution.

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Coordinates: 40°29′28″N 78°01′44″W / 40.49111°N 78.02889°W / 40.49111; -78.02889