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State Correctional Institution - SCI Laurel Highlands

State Prison

Last Updated: May 12, 2022
Address
5706 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501-0631
Beds
1343
County
Somerset
Phone
814-445-6501
Email
ra-crpadocsecretary@pa.gov
Mailing Address
PO Box 33028, St Petersburg, FL 33733

SCI Laurel Highlands is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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.

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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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State Correctional Institution - SCI Laurel Highlands basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 814-445-6501

The inmates housed at SCI Laurel Highlands located at 5706 Glades Pike in Somerset, 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.

SCI Laurel Highlands is a minimum-security state prison primarily houses about 1,550 adult male inmates who have special needs including long term personal medical care, inmates who are on dialysis or bound to a wheelchair, and geriatric offenders. This facility also houses general population in nine housing units. Some of the housing units are open dormitory while others are multi and single-occupancy cells. This facility offers a higher amount of medical care when compared to other correctional facilities in the state.

The facility occupies the former Somerset State Hospital property which was owned by the Department of Public Welfare, and which officially closed June 1996. The property was transferred from the Department of Public Welfare to the Department of Corrections in 1996.

Number of Acres Inside Perimeter: 52
Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 81
Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter): 35
Number of Housing Units: 9
Housing units consist of both cells and dormitory-style housing.
Special Features: Medical facilities and dialysis for male inmates.

Inmate Information:

Inmate Population: Click HERE for the current population report
Inmate Average Age: 42.29

Total Number of Full-Time Employees: 599

Academic and Vocational Education:

• Academic Education through GED level
• Vocational Education: Business Education, Custodial Maintenance, Electronics Repair

All vocational classes offer industry-recognized certifications specific to the trade skills taught in the program.

Inmate Programs:

Family/Relationship Self
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Reading to your Children
Sex Offenders
• Sex Offender Moderate-High Intensity
• Offender Low Intensity
• Special Needs Sex Offender Booster Program

Re-Entry
• Pre-Vocational Skills Class
• Inside/Out Dads
• MoneySmart Program
Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
• Therapeutic Community
• Outpatient Therapy Group
• Dual Diagnosis
• AA/NA/SOS/SMART Support Meetings
Offense Related
• Thinking for a Change
• Act 143 Victim Awareness
• Violence Prevention
• Batterer’s Intervention
• Long Term Offenders
Mental Health Programs
• Dual Diagnosis Group

Community Work Program: The Community Work Program had a total of 5,731 hours of community work in 2012-2013 for savings to many local organizations.

CWP projects included painting, cleaning, landscaping, cutting trees and brush, street work, poured concrete and set tombstones, cleaning and detailing fire trucks, and relocation of an office.
Locations include:
 Somerset Historical Center
 Somerset County Fairgrounds
 New Centerville Fire Department
 Springs Festival
 Meyersdale Fire Department
 Rockwood Boro
 Somerset Boro
 Boys & Girls Club of Somerset
 Somerset Community Outreach Center
 Somerset County Parks and Recreation
 Salisbury Fire Department
 Stoystown Lions Club
 Benscreek Lutheran Church
 Somerset Christian Fellowship
 Berlin Cemetary Association

Inmate Locator

State Correctional Institution - SCI Laurel Highlands 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 Laurel Highlands PA - Visitation

Visiting Hours – General Population

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

Due to the prison holding a count around 11 a.m., visitors must clear the metal detector by 10:30 a.m. to be able to visit.
Maximum Number of Visitors Per Inmate - 5

State Correctional Institution - SCI Laurel Highlands PA - Visiting Hours
State Correctional Institution - SCI Laurel Highlands PA - Visitation Rules

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