State Correctional Institution – Huntingdon

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State Correctional Institution - Huntingdon
Seal of the Department of Corrections of Pennsylvania.svg
LocationSmithfield Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Security classClose-Security
Managed byPennsylvania Department of Corrections

State Correctional Institution – Huntingdon is a close-security correctional facility, located near Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 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.

Notable inmates[edit]

  • George Feigley, sex cult leader, served part of his sentence at SCI- Huntingdon,[2] from 1983 to 1998.[3]
  • Kermit Gosnell, abortion provider and convicted child murderer[4]
  • Joseph Kallinger, who had initially been held at the state prison at Huntingdon until he attacked another inmate with a razor-studded belt.[5]
  • William Dean Christensen, serial killer known as "America's Jack the Ripper".[6]
  • Norman Johnston Escaped from SCI-Huntingdon August 2, 1999 and was captured 3 weeks later. He was convicted for the 1978 murders of 4 four teenagers to cover up a family burglary ring which were portrayed in the film "At Close Range" starring Sean Penn. [7]
  • Cosmo Dinardo, 20-year-old serial killer that murdered 4 young men on his family's 90 acre Solebury Township farm in 2017[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Huntingdon". Department of Corrections.
  2. ^ Kestler, Barbara (2008). "Music From the Old Prisoner's Head". Archived from the original on 23 July 2010.
  3. ^ Feigley, George. Archived from the original on 19 November 2006. Retrieved 16 March 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Hessler, Carl Jr (20 October 2018). "Detective in spotlight as true crime film 'Gosnell' opens". AP NEWS.
  5. ^ "Triple Murderer Joseph Kallinger Dies in Prison". Associated Press.
  6. ^ "10 killings linked to Pa. inmate". Associated Press. February 17, 1985. Retrieved September 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "Killer Captured Nearly 3 Weeks After Prison Escape". Chicago Tribune.
  8. ^ "The Untold Tale of Cosmo DiNardo's Descent Into Murder and Madness". 25 February 2020.

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