State Prisons in pennsylvania

Clicking on any of the Pennsylvania facilities below will direct you to an information page with Inmate Search, Visitation, Mail, Phone, Email, Most Wanted and FAQ for families and friends.


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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections - Prisons and Inmate Search

Pennsylvania maintains their own state prison system; twenty-three facilities which consist of every security level; maximum, medium, and minimum, including boot camps that focus on preparing inmates for life outside of prison.

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is where offenders are sent that have been convicted of felony crimes of murder, rape, assault, serious thefts and drug related offenses. These are offenses of at least one year, and all the way up to life imprisonment. Pennsylvania also has a death row with almost 100 murderers at any one time, waiting to be executed.

Go here for full instructions on using the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Inmate Search, as well as for the Bureau of Prisons inmates and ICE detainees

The Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services oversees five youth placements: three facilities (Loysville Youth Development Center, North Central Secure Treatment Unit, and South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit) and two residential forestry camps, for juvenile offenders who have been convicted of crimes and sentenced to detention, or are awaiting their court dates.

To search for an inmate or juvenile offender, or learn how to communicate with an inmate in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections or Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services, start by choosing from the list of facilities below.

Each prison you click on below will provide specific, detailed information about the facility's: 

  • inmate search,
  • location,
  • contact information,
  • directions,
  • inmate visitation,
  • mail,
  • phone accounts,
  • money accounts,
  • commissary,
  • texting and emailing where available, and
  • inmate tablet rental where available.