State Correctional Institution – Laurel Highlands

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State Correctional Institution - Laurel Highlands
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LocationSomerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
StatusOpen
Security classMinimum security
Opened1996
Former nameSomerset State Hospital
Managed byPennsylvania Department of Corrections

State Correctional Institution – Laurel Highlands is a minimum-security facility located on State Route 31, about three miles east of the Somerset Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. SCI – Laurel Highlands houses minimum-security inmates, particularly older males and geriatric/mentally ill males.

History[edit]

SCI – Laurel Highlands is on the campus of the former Somerset State Hospital, which closed in mid-1995.[1] The facility was then converted into its current facility and opened in 1996.[2]

Notable inmates[edit]

  • John du Pont – murdered Olympic gold-medalist Dave Schultz. Du Pont died in prison in 2010.
  • Ira Einhorn – nicknamed The Unicorn Killer, he evaded justice for over two decades before being extradited from France in 2001 to stand trial for the 1977 murder of his girlfriend Holly Maddux. Einhorn died in prison on April 2, 2020.
  • Tom Druce
  • George Feigley
  • Scott Ritter – intelligence officer and sex offender
  • Jerry Sandusky

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Vows Mentally-Ill won't be 'dumped' from hospitals" - Washington, Pennsylvania Observer-Reporter (7/18/1995)
  2. ^ State Correctional Institution – Laurel Highlands

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°00′16″N 79°02′27″W / 40.00444°N 79.04083°W / 40.00444; -79.04083