SCI Houtzdale

State Prison

Last Updated: February 12, 2024
209 Institution Dr, Houtzdale, PA 16698-1000
Mailing Address
PO Box 33028, St Petersburg, FL 33733

SCI Houtzdale is for State Prison offenders sentenced anywhere from one year to life by the State Court in the county where the charges were filed

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for State - medium facility.

The phone carrier is Securus Tech®, to see their rates and best-calling plans for your inmate to call you.

If you are seeking to send your inmate money for commissary, one recommended for this facility is JPAY - Pennsylvania SCI. There is a fee for sending money, see their rates and limitations.

If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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You can support your loved ones at SCI Houtzdale on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 814-378-1000.

Located at 209 Institution Dr in Houtzdale, PA, SCI Houtzdale carefully assigns inmates based on their custody level, considering factors like criminal history. SCI Houtzdale offers diverse educational and vocational programs aimed at equipping offenders for successful reintegration into society and reducing recidivism. Through these initiatives, inmates gain skills and confidence, fostering personal growth and resilience.

When someone you care about ends up in a state prison, it can be tough to navigate the ins and outs of the system. From figuring out how to stay in touch to understanding what you can do to make their time easier, it can feel overwhelming. That's where this webpage comes in handy. It's here to help you get the lowdown on SCI Houtzdale so you can stay connected and support your loved one during their time inside.

While incarcerated, reading is often the best use of time. Please note that books and magazines, puzzles, and word searches ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. Prisons and jails enforce this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate.

SCI Houtzdale, a medium-security state prison, houses approximately 2,550 adult male inmates in open dormitories and multi-occupancy cells. Inmates are engaged in the correctional industry's work program, processing and distributing commissary orders for multiple State Correctional facilities. The institution offers vocational training in barbering, various construction disciplines, computer-aided drafting (CAD), warehousing, material handling, and custodial maintenance. Inmates can also pursue adult basic education and obtain a GED during their incarceration. Additional programs include sex offender treatment, addiction treatment, and self-help groups, with necessary dental, medical, and mental health services provided.

Construction of SCI Houtzdale began on March 20, 1994, aiming to expand cell space and alleviate prison overcrowding. Completed in December 1995, the facility was officially dedicated on January 5, 1996. Two additional housing units were constructed between August 1997 and October 1998, while a 150-bed modular housing unit, comprising two dormitory-style housing units with a central dayroom, was built in August 2010 and opened in August 2011.

Covering 65 acres within the perimeter and 208 acres outside, SCI Houtzdale encompasses 30 buildings. The inmate population and current employee count can be accessed through the provided link. Academic and vocational education programs cover a range of subjects, including adult basic education, GED preparation, barber school, building trades, business education, and more, with certification programs available in various fields. Treatment programs address addiction, parole violations, dual diagnoses, sex offender rehabilitation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, alongside self-help groups.

In October 2006, SCI Houtzdale initiated a Commissary Distribution Operation managed by Pennsylvania Correctional Industries (PCI), processing and distributing commissary orders for nine State Correctional Institutions. This operation, employing 90 inmates across AM and PM shifts at full capacity, serves as a vital aspect of the institution's operations.

Inmate Locator

SCI Houtzdale maintains a database of current inmates and their locations within the system. To locate an inmate, begin by using the DOC locator tool, which requires entering the first three letters of the inmate's first and last name, allowing for variations in spelling.

If unable to locate the desired information through free resources, users may opt to use the Arrest Record Search, which requires payment. While this option incurs a small fee, it provides access to the most up-to-date data available.

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Visitation Information

In-person visitation is available at all DOC facilities. Some visiting rules have changed, so please be sure to read this entire page and check out the updated Visiting Rules page, as well as the Visitor Guide before scheduling an in-person visit with an incarcerated loved one. This page also contains instructions on how to schedule a no-cost video visit.​

In-Person Visitation

All in-person visits must be scheduled online at least three days in advance.

  • Schedule a visit.
  • You will see available timeslots, based on your loved one’s specific housing assignment, when you log in.
  • Each inmate is permitted four in-person visits per month, one of which may be on a weekend; in-person visits are guaranteed to be at least one hour long.
  • Four visitors are permitted with one inmate at a time. (Exception: At Quehanna Boot Camp, two visitors are permitted at a time.)
  • All visitors must clear all security procedures and comply with all visiting room rules.
  • Notice on Cancellations: Visits may be canceled for several reasons. You will be notified by email if a cancellation occurs. Please check the email associated with your account the morning of your scheduled visit.
  • At the time of arrival and departure, the visitor may exchange a brief hug and kiss with their incarcerated loved one. There shall be no excessive displays of affection.

Video Visitation

Video visitation is a free service offered to inmates and authorized visitors. All inmates are eligible to participate. Rules for video visits are generally the same as those for in-person visits at a facility. All non-legal video visits are monitored and recorded. Please review our detailed Visitor Guide prior to your visit.

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