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Lackawanna County Prison

County Jail

Last Updated: November 12, 2020
1371 N Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18509
Security Level
County - medium
Facility Type
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Lackawanna County Prison basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 570-963-6639

The Lackawanna County Prison is a medium-security detention center located at 1371 N Washington Ave Scranton, PA which is operated locally by the Lackawanna County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Lackawanna County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Scranton Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Lackawanna County Prison mission is the incarceration of person(s) adjudicated as offenders or suspected of being offenders of the law. The intent of such incarceration is to; protect society by providing incarceration as an appropriate deterrent to the commission of crime; insure that person(s) on a pre-trial status appear in court; provide a safe and secure environment for offender and staff; offer programs for positive personal growth and positive reintegration into the community upon their release; insure the basic physical and medical health needs are attended to; protect the basic constitutional rights of the offender(s).

The Lackawanna County Prison is was originally built in the mid-1880s for a population of 110 prisoners. A major renovation and expansion were completed in 1999, allowing for a maximum population of approximately 1,200 prisoners. We house male and female pre-trial detainees and sentenced inmates up to one day less than five years. The Prison is like a small town in that all the needs of the inmates are contained within the walls such as laundry, food service, canteen, medical services, chapel, gymnasium and housing units.

Various programs are afforded to the inmate population based upon their classification along the lines of Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, Anger Management, Parenting Classes, and Computer training – just to name a few.

Lackawanna County Detention Center (ICE) - Immigration Detainee Locator

Inmate Locator

Lackawanna County Prison publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Pennsylvania. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

Lackawanna County Prison - Visitation

Visiting Schedule

0900 1000 - Medically cleared male SNU, assessment (and E)
1015 1100 - Female Special Handling, SHV (separate)
1530 1615 - Foxtrot X block medically cleared special needs, juvi (separate)
1630 1730 - Female Ad/Seg Bravo N
1800 2000 - Alpha unit

1000 1045 - 1st Monday of month-Disciplinary Custody males
1800 2000 – Echo Unit

0830 1030 - DA (PVC) (Male)
1300 1345 - 1st Tuesday of the month- Female Disciplinary Custody
1800 2000 - Bravo L,M (general population)

1530 1630 – Charlie Unit D & F Blocks separate sides of visitation
1800 2000 – Gulf Unit

0800 0900 - Male Special Handling (SHV ALONE) (in interview rooms)
1800 2000 - Foxtrot W general population

1530 1730 Hotel U max population
1800 2000 – DB Unit

1200 1400 - Male Juveniles
1530 1730 - Hotel V community service
1800 2000 - DC unit

Intervals : Will be the same as general population 1/2 hour intervals.
All Visitors for SH, SHV (SHV+) and RHU must arrive a 1/2 hour prior to the start of the visitation period. This allows ample time for transportation.
No inmate will be moved during a visit already in session.
Location: Inmates classified SH, or RHU with separations will be transported separately and placed on opposite sides of visitation. SHV, SHV+ use the interview rooms.

There are two types of visitation offered to family and friends of those incarcerated in the Lackawanna County Prison: Secure (regular) Visits and Personal (contact) Visits.


Secure Visit – a secure visit is a visit between an inmate and a visitor held in Inmate Visitation room. The visit is one wherein the inmate is on one side of a fully enclosed partition with a large window and the visitor is on the other side.

A. All visitors and vehicles on the premises are subject to search. Refusal to submit to any search shall result in the revocation of visiting privileges indefinitely.

B. Valid forms of ID for visitors are: a state driver’s license, a state ID card with picture, a passport with visa for foreign nationals.

C. Inmates must be cleared from the initial quarantine period prior to receiving a visit.

D. All visitors 18 years of age and older must have a valid photo ID. A parent or legal guardian MUST accompany children under the age of 18. A parent or legal guardian certification form needs to be filled out by the accompanying adult attesting to the fact that they are the child’s parent or legal guardian prior to granting a visit with the inmate. Legal or court documentation is not required as proof…the individual’s signature shall be sufficient.

E. Items considered inappropriate dress for a visitor are cut offs, short shorts, skirts/skorts above mid thigh, tube tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, low cut/revealing shirts or blouses, see-through/transparent clothing, spandex, hooded garments (excluding religious coverings), coats/jackets, clothing displaying offensive materials, clothing depicting references to drugs or alcohol, anything appearing gang related, ragged or torn clothing that is considered revealing.

F. Children are to be held on the visiting parent’s/guardian’s lap during a visit.

G. In the event that there is more than 1 child, only 1 child is allowed in at any given time. The other child/children are to be accompanied by another adult in the visitor waiting area. Children may “switch” places during the inmate’s visiting time, but not more frequently than every 10 minutes.

H. Visitors may visit only one inmate at a time.

I. Visitors are to store their personal items in a coin operated locker or they are to leave personal items in their vehicles.

J. The use of obscene language or other conduct of a disorderly nature is prohibited and shall result in the termination of the visit and possible suspension of visiting privileges for the visitor and/or the inmate.

K. Reasons a visit or visitor will be denied include: inmate refused, inmate unavailable, wrong day or time, invalid visitor ID, visitor unable to clear metal detector, visitor inappropriately dressed, visitor is not compliant with staff requests, visitor appears intoxicated/under the influence, child(ren) being disruptive/not properly supervised, visitor provides false information, visitor is a former LCP inmate within the past 90 days, visitor’s privileges are under suspension/revocation.

L. Visitors with babies may bring 1 baby bottle, 1 receiving blanket and 1 pacifier into the visit with them. All other property must be secured in a coin operated locker or left in the visitor’s vehicle.

M. Children shall remain under constant supervision of an adult.

N. If a child is left unattended or is allowed to be disruptive the visit shall be terminated or denied.

O. In the event that an inmate’s visitor is unable to attend the regularly scheduled secure visit the inmate may request a special visit via the Assistant Warden of Treatment. Said request must be in writing and must explain the circumstances revolving around the request. The Assistant Warden of Treatment shall provide a written response within two working days of his/her receipt of the request. If a special visit is granted it will be a “secure” visit (i.e., the visit will occur in the secure visitation area and will be ½ hour in length at a time other than the regularly scheduled visit for the prisoner’s housing block).

II. PERSONAL / CONTACT VISITATION – all of the above listed issues pertain to personal visits as well as issues P. through S., which are listed below.

Personal Visit – a personal visit is a visit between inmate and one to four family members of that inmate. Adult visitors much be related to the inmate either through marriage or by birth. Adult visitors must accompany and supervise any children and must be the legal guardian of the children.

Immediate Family – consists only of; mother, father, sister, brother, spouse, children, step-children, step-parents, step-siblings, in-laws and grand children.

P. A maximum of 3 children may visit with along with a parent/guardian. The accompanying adult visitor must be the parent of the children or the children’s legal guardian. Fiancées and girlfriends of an inmate shall not be allowed to supervise children that are not theirs or under their legal guardianship.

Q. Counselors may schedule more than one but no more than three inmates’ personal visits at the same time, provided that the inmates are from the same housing unit/block.

R. Personal visits are intended to allow deserving inmates the opportunity of visiting with approved visitors, regardless of whether there are children involved. However, the adult visitors much be related to the inmate either through marriage or by birth.

S. Inmates in Protective Custody, Administrative Custody and Disciplinary Custody shall not be afforded the opportunity of personal visits due to the nature of their charges and/or the reason for their custody status.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a County - medium facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about Lackawanna County Prison that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Pennsylvania

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at Lackawanna County Prison letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to Lackawanna County Prison at 1371 N Washington Ave, Scranton, PA

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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