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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections:
Telephone Calls

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Rates

The cost of the calls is set by the contracted phone provider. In addition to the quoted rate of the call, applicable taxes and fees may apply. Rates subject to change.

Local calls: $.06 per minute
In-state long distance calls: $.06 per minute
Out of state long distance calls: $.06 per minute

A local number is not necessary and will not reduce the cost of the calls.

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General Information

Handbook for Friends & Family of PA DOC Inmates

TELEPHONE CALLS (DC-ADM 818) Telephone calls are more expensive than at home and are monitored by facility staff. The inmate is permitted to make phone calls depending on his/her location and custody level. Currently, the inmate can only call you collect, so you will have to pay for the call. Find out what the rate per minute is to accept a call. Recently enacted legislation will permit another method of payment. The inmate will have a choice of calling collect or prepaying for his/her calls by taking the money from his/her account. The inmate will still not be able to use phone cards. The inmate is assigned specified hours for use of the telephone and are given a specified amount of time to talk. If you cannot afford to accept collect telephone calls from the inmate, write to him/her and explain why you cannot accept his/her calls every time he/she calls. Some families have lost their long distance calling service or had the telephone company block their ability to accept collect calls because they were unable to refuse to accept calls they really could not afford. It is against the rules for you to place a third party call when you are talking with the inmate. This is considered a misuse of the phone system. Misuse of the phone system or other violations of the rules may result in the inmate not being allowed to use the telephone. It is considered a privilege for the inmate to place telephone calls.

1.  Telephone calls using the AITS must either be collect in accordance with 66 Pa. C.S. §2907, where the cost of the telephone call must be borne by the called party, or through pre-paid calls purchased by the inmate.

2.  Pre-paid calls may be purchased in the commissary in $10, $15, $25, or $50 amounts, not to exceed a $100 limit per week.

3.  A call placed under exceptional circumstances as stated in Subsection D. above, must be collect or paid for by the inmate. A regular facility telephone may be used only when such a call cannot be made on the AITS. Prior to placing a non-collect call, the inmate must sign a cash slip authorizing the deduction from his/her account. If the inmate is indigent, has no funds currently available, and a collect call is not feasible, the cost shall be charged to the inmate’s account and the debt will be satisfied as funds are deposited to his/her account.

PENNSYLVANIA’S STATE PRISONS

(Listed in order of their openings)

 
SCI Huntingdon (Huntingdon County) opened in 1889, was modeled after the Elmira Reformatory in New York. Originally the Huntingdon Reformatory for Young Offenders, it was later used for "defective delinquents" until 1960. Today, SCI Huntingdon houses adult male offenders.

Construction of SCI Rockview (Centre County) was begun in 1912, and it opened in 1915. Originally planned to replace Eastern and Western Penitentiaries, it became instead the branch prison for Western Penitentiary, housing lesser security risk prisoners, most of whom were employed in Rockview's extensive farm program outside the gates. Today, this facility houses adult male offenders.
 
SCI Muncy (Lycoming County) is the diagnostic and classification center for the state's female inmates. It was originally opened in 1920 as The Muncy Industrial Home, a training school for female offenders between the ages of 16 and 30. Incorporated into the Bureau of Correction in 1953, SCI Muncy houses adult female offenders and also houses all of the state’s female capital case inmates.
 
SCI Graterford (Montgomery County), opened in 1929, performed the same branch function for Eastern until Eastern was closed in 1970. Today, this facility houses adult male offenders.. It also houses capital case inmates.
 
SCI Camp Hill (Cumberland County) opened in 1941 as the Industrial School at White Hill for Young Offenders and received Huntingdon Reformatory's juvenile population en masse. In 1975 it was ruled that SCI Camp Hill was not an appropriate place to house juvenile offenders, and in 1977 the institution began housing adult male offenders. It now serves as the state's sole diagnostic and classification center for men and houses adult male offenders.
 
SCI Dallas (Luzerne County) was opened in 1960 as an institution for defective delinquents. After the state Supreme Court decision of 1966 voided the concept of "defective delinquents," Dallas, like Huntingdon, became an adult institution. Today, this facility houses adult male offenders.
 
SCI Mercer (Mercer County) opened in September 1978. It originally opened to offer programs to county prisoners with minimum sentences of six months and maximum sentences of two years. When the prison’s mission changed in the mid-1980s, it became a prison for adult male offenders.
 
SCI Frackville (Schuylkill County) opened in 1987 and houses adult male offenders.
 
SCI Retreat (Luzerne County) opened in 1988. Formerly a state hospital for the mentally ill operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Retreat now houses adult male offenders.
 
SCI Smithfield (Huntingdon County) was constructed on the reservation surrounding SCI Huntingdon. Opened in 1988, this facility houses adult male offenders.
 
SCI Waymart (Wayne County) is located in a building complex that was formerly part of Farview State Hospital. Pressed into operation ahead of schedule to help deal with the aftermath of the October 1989 riot at SCI Camp Hill, the joint on-site operation of a state prison and state mental health facility was unique in Pennsylvania at that time. In October 1995, Farview State Hospital was transferred from the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Corrections, turning the facility into a facility that houses male offenders. The facility also houses the Department's Forensic Treatment Center, a unit which houses mentally disabled male inmates who require inpatient psychiatric care and treatment.
 
SCI Cambridge Springs (Crawford County) opened in 1992, was formerly the Polish National Alliance College before being purchased by the Commonwealth in 1990. The campus was converted into a facility for female offenders.
 
Quehanna Motivational Boot Camp (Clearfield County) opened in June 1992 as the Department of Corrections' first military-style motivational boot camp. Inmates assigned to the boot camp undergo a rigid six-month disciplinary and training program, which, if successfully completed, will result in placement in a community corrections center or a contract facility for an additional six months. The boot camp accommodates both male and female offenders.
 
SCI Somerset (Somerset County) opened in May 1993 as a state prison for men.
 
SCI Coal Township (Northumberland County) opened in May 1993 and houses male offenders.
 
SCI Mahanoy (Schuylkill County) opened in July 1993 and houses male offenders.
 
SCI Albion (Erie County) opened in July 1993 and houses male offenders.
 
SCI Greene (Greene County) opened in November 1993 and houses male offenders. This prison also houses a majority of the state’s male capital case inmates.
 
SCI Houtzdale (Clearfield County) opened in January 1996 and houses male offenders.
 
SCI Laurel Highlands (Somerset County) opened in July 1996 and houses male offenders. This institution also has separate housing units for geriatric and terminally ill male inmates.
 
SCI Chester (Delaware County) opened in April 1998 as a non-smoking facility for men. It provides therapeutic services to inmates with drug and alcohol histories.
 
SCI Pine Grove (Indiana County) opened in January 2001. This facility houses, in addition to regular adult male offenders, Young Adult Offender males. The Young Adult Offender Program (YAOP) is primarily designed for those offenders between the ages of 15-20 adjudicated as adults due to the nature of the criminal offense committed. The YAOP meets their special needs of education, adolescent development and recreational activity, while providing a safe environment for those offenders.
 
SCI Fayette (Fayette County), which opened in September 2003, houses adult men.
 
SCI Forest (Forest County), which opened in October 2004, houses adult men.
 
SCI Pittsburgh (Allegheny County) opened in 1882. Known to locals as “Western Pen,” the prison was put into “mothball” status in January 2005, when the final group of inmates was transferred to other prisons in the state. The administration building was renovated to serve as a community corrections center for approximately 80 residents. The building also houses community corrections offices. The prison was reopened in June 2007 to help the department deal with its ever-increasing inmate population. It houses adult male offenders.
 
SCI Benner Township (Centre County), opened April 2013, houses adult men and serves as the DOC’s hub for the inmate transportation system.