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State Correctional Institution - SCI Cambridge Springs

State Prison

Last Updated: April 28, 2021
451 Fullerton Ave, Cambridge Springs, PA 16403-1238
Mailing Address
PO Box 33028, St Petersburg, FL 33733

SCI Cambridge Springs is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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State Correctional Institution - SCI Cambridge Springs basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 814-398-5400

The inmates housed at SCI Cambridge Springs located at 451 Fullerton Ave in Cambridge Springs, 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 - SCI Cambridge Springs is a minimum-security state prison that houses about 1,000 adult female inmates but is almost always exceeding capacity. The facility is comprised of six units, five of which are occupied and inmates are housed in dormitories and bunked cells. Programs offered include sex offenders treatment, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, parenting courses, victim awareness, and multiple programs aimed at modifying aggressive behavior. Prisoners at Cambridge Springs can earn a GED during their incarceration, and receive vocational training in cosmetology, custodial maintenance, and in-lens crafting/optical glass manufacturing.

Inmates at Cambridge SCI who have completed the six-month vocational training in optics can become a certified optician and work in the Correctional Industries earning a wage manufacturing glasses in an optical lab. The eyeglasses the inmates create will be used by inmates throughout Pennsylvania DOC facilities. Offenders can also participate in the Community Work Program cleaning highways, county fairgrounds, and local parks. Additionally, inmates can work in interior painting and performing custodial work for churches and the local Nation Guard Base.

SCI Cambridge Springs opened in March 1992 and was formerly a college known as Polish National Alliance. The existing buildings were built in the 1930s and 1940s; however, construction of new housing units and renovations have since been completed.

Number of Acres Inside Perimeter: 40
Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 85
Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter): 20
Number of Housing Units: 6
Housing units consist of both cells and dormitory-style housing.

Inmate Information:
Inmate Population: Click HERE for the current population report
Inmate Average Age: 38.38
Total Number of Full-Time Employees: 311

Academic and Vocational Education:
• Academic Education through GED level
• Vocational Education: Optical, Braille, Custodial Maintenance, Cosmetology
All vocational classes offer industry-recognized certifications specific to the trade skills taught in the program.

Inmate Programs:
Standardized Programs: Moving on for Women, Sex Offender Program Evaluation, Sex Offender Program Moderate-High Intensity, Sex Offender Program Booster, Alcohol and Other Drug Outpatient, Co-Occurring Outpatient, AOD Therapeutic Community, AOD (State Intermediate Punishment) Therapeutic Community

Other Staff Facilitated Programs: Seeking Safety, Act 143 Victim Awareness Education, Impact of Crime, Positive Relationships, Abuse Group, Individual Counseling, Basic Parenting Skills, Pennsylvania Family Support Group, Mom’s Story Time

Volunteer Facilitated Programs: Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Religious Volunteer Study Groups, Living Safely

Reentry Services Programs: Inmates are encouraged to participate in Reentry Services prior to release from the facility. The Reentry Program is located on Housing Unit D-1, which serves as a Transitional Housing Unit. Workshop topics include Stay on Track, Parenting, Healthy Living, Relationships, Mental Health, Living under Parole Supervision, Employment & Vocational Opportunities, Resume Writing, Money Smarts and Victim Awareness.

Correctional Industries: The Correctional Industry designated for SCI Cambridge Springs is an Optical Lab that makes glasses for all of the DOC facilities. The Lab also services DEP Southeastern Region, DPW Norristown State Hospital, and other local nonprofit agencies. The inmate must successfully complete a six-month vocational class before being permitted or eligible to work in the Optical Lab. After completing the six-month vocational training, inmates have an opportunity to take the American Board of Opticianry test to become a certified Optician. This certification allows them to practice Opticianry in the United States. Thirty-eight inmates currently hold this certification at SCI-Cambridge Springs.

Community Work Program: The Community Work Program had a total of nearly 3,000 hours of community work over the last year. Their projects include the following:
• Interior Painting
• Highway Clean Up
• County Fair Grounds Clean Up
• Local Park Clean Up & Landscaping
• Custodial Work for Churches
• Monthly Custodial Work at the National Guard Stryker Base in Cambridge Springs

Inmate Locator

State Correctional Institution - SCI Cambridge Springs 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.

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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 Cambridge Springs - Visitation

Visiting Hours – General Population

  • Monday: 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: CLOSED
  • Thursday: CLOSED
  • Friday: 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:45 AM to 3:30 PM

Maximum Number of Visitors Per Inmate - 8 (including children)

State Correctional Institution - SCI Cambridge Springs - Visiting Hours
State Correctional Institution - SCI Cambridge Springs - Visitation Rules

Virtual Visitation: Virtual visitation is available at SCI Cambridge Springs and is limited to persons living in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. The program uses video conferencing technology to enhance parenting skills; allows an inmate to visit with immediate family members, caregivers of the inmate’s children, and other individuals on the inmate’s approved visiting list; increases the frequency of visits for an inmate; and permits the scheduling of visits at times that are best for the visitors. Every inmate in general population status, regardless of her custody level, is eligible. Inmates housed in administrative and disciplinary custody are not permitted to participate in the Virtual Visitation Program.

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