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State Correctional Institution - SCI Benner Township

State Prison

Last Updated: July 27, 2022
Address
301 Institution Dr, Bellefonte, PA 16823
County
Centre
Phone
814-353-3630
Email
ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
Mailing Address
PO Box 33028, St Petersburg, FL 33733

SCI Benner Township is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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State Correctional Institution - SCI Benner Township basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 814-353-3630

The inmates housed at SCI Benner Township located at 301 Institution Dr in Bellefonte, PA are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

State Correctional Institution – Benner Township is a medium-security correctional facility for males located in Benner Township, Centre County, PA. It is one of twenty-six state-level correctional institutions of the Pennsylvania DOC System.

The construction of SCI Benner Township was approved with the passage of the 2008 Capital Budget. Groundbreaking was held in August 2009, and in March 2011, the first footer was in place. The contractor was Hensel Phelps. Costing $200 million to construct, the prison consists of 46 acres inside the perimeter’s fence and 589,492 square footage under roof. An addition of a 50,000 Correctional Industries laundry facility is planned, bringing the building count to 26. The prison accepted its first inmates on April 15, 2013.

Inmate Population: Click HERE for the current population report

Physical Plant

  • Number of Acres Inside Perimeter: 46
  • Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 42
  • Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter): 26
  • Number of Housing Units: 10 (Housing units consist of both cells and dormitory-style housing).
  • Special Features: SNU, RHU, DTU and RTU. SCI Benner Township is designated as a Mental Health Stability Code D Facility

Employees - The facility has 633 full-time employees.

Academic and Vocational Education

Academic Programs

  • Adult Basic Education/General Education Development
  • Pre-Vocational
  • Money Smart
  • Read To Your Children
  • Post-Secondary Education/Correspondence Classes

Vocational Education

  • Custodial Maintenance
  • Plumbing
  • Electricity
  • Carpentry
  • Business Education
  • Barber Shop

Additional Education Services

o General and Law Library

· Plumbing, Electricity and Carpentry are provided certificates through NCCER/CORE. Inmates that complete the Barber Shop Program, receive a license.

Inmate Programs

  • Family/Relationship/Self
  • Sex Offender
  • Re-Entry
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
  • Offense Related
  • Mental Health

Medical Care

The Medical Department provides all medical and mental health services to the inmate population. SCI Benner Township is equipped with a 19-bed infirmary that provides sub-acute hospital care with daily physician’s rounds. A four-bed Psychiatric Observation Unit is available for use for inmates in need of crisis intervention or suicide intervention. A complete range of dental services is available including dental prosthetics.

Religious Services

SCI Benner Township provides weekly Catholic, Islamic, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Native American and Protestant Services. In addition to these services the appropriate feasts and fasts of each faith are provided at the appointed times. The Religious Department oversees and coordinates the institution’s volunteer services.

Activities Department

SCI Benner Township provides an array of structured activities as well as pre-scheduled non-structured recreation periods. Structured activity is provided in the indoor gymnasium as well as the main yard area, weather permitting. Programs include intramural basketball, volleyball, flag football, small games, board games, cardio-vascular fitness programs, weight training programs and circuit training programs. Specialized programming is provided for the Special Needs Unit and for men in the age range of 40-50 years of age.

Correctional Industries

The SCI Benner Township laundry, under the management of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Correctional Industries, employs approximately 116 inmate laundry workers and is responsible for providing complete laundry services for the following customers:

  • Hollidaysburg Veterans Home
  • Quehanna Boot Camp
  • SCI Albion
  • SCI Benner Township
  • SCI Camp Hill
  • SCI Cambridge Springs
  • SCI Coal Township
  • SCI Forest
  • SCI Houtzdale
  • SCI Huntingdon
  • SCI Mercer
  • SCI Muncy
  • SCI Rockview
  • SCI Smithfield
  • The Penn Stater (University)
  • Polk State Hospital
  • Warren State Hospital (DPW)

Transportation HUB

SCI Benner Township operates the Centralized Transportation HUB for the Department of Corrections. All inmate transfers are coordinated through the Office of Population Management.

Inmate Locator

State Correctional Institution - SCI Benner Township is a facility in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

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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Covid Visitation Information

On Aug. 19, 2020, the PA DOC unveiled a new video visitation program that will remain throughout the duration of COVID-19 and beyond, even when in-person visits resume. For complete details about how to participate and how to schedule a video visit, read the Video Visitation Visitors Guide.

Video visitation is a free service being offered to inmates and authorized visitors, and all inmates are eligible to participate. The visiting rules for Video Visitation are generally the same as those for visiting in the facility.

To sign up and schedule a visit, check out our visitation scheduler system.

Visitors who have been restricted from visiting any institution may not participate in this program. If any inappropriate conduct occurs on the behalf of the inmate or the visitor the visit shall be terminated.

Before your first visit, make sure to read our guide for joining a call as a visitor.

Visitation Information

State Correctional Institution - SCI Benner Township PA - Visitation

Visiting Hours – General Population
Monday: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Maximum Number of Visitors Per Inmate
5 (including children)

Driving Directions:

FROM HARRISBURG: Take Route 22/322 west to Lewistown. Take Route 322 west and follow Route 322 to the State College junction with Route 26. Follow Route 26 North. You will come to a “Y” where Route 150 (Benner Pike) branches off from Route 26. Bear to the left at the “Y” and take Route 150 approximately three miles. At the traffic light at "Rockview Road," turn right. Follow Rockview Road to "Institution Drive," which will be on your left. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT, because that is SCI Rockview. Please do not cut through SCI Rockview property.

FROM WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON: take I-81 South to I-80 West. Take I-80 Exit 161 (formerly Exit 24). Continue on 220 South (this is also Route 26 South, for about 3 miles) and take the SECOND Bellefonte Exit (78A), which is approximately 6 miles. After the exit, you will be headed on Route 150 South (Benner Pike). At the next traffic light, at "Rockview Road," turn left. The entrance to the prison will be on your left on "Institution Drive." DO NOT GO STRAIGHT, because that is SCI Rockview. Please do not cut through SCI Rockview property.

State Correctional Institution - SCI Benner Township - Visiting Hours
State Correctional Institution - SCI Benner Township - Visitation Rules

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