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SCI Benner Township

 


301 Institution Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 353-3630

 

Superintendent:  Tammy Ferguson
Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services:  Bradley Booher
Deputy Superintendent for Facility Management:  Dan Myers
Business Manager:  Adam Beck
Superintendent Assistant:  Holly Becker-Bachik

 

 

 
Facility Information
Authorized under Act No. 41 2008, SCI Benner Township’s construction began in late 2010. The $200 million state-of-the-art facility was officially dedicated by Governor Tom Corbett on April 1, 2013.  SCI Benner Township is a medium-security facility that houses adult male inmates. The facility became the 26th correctional institution under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.  
 
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.  
 
Inmate Information
·       Inmate Population:  Click HERE for the current population report
·       Inmate Average Age:  Ages 18 to 29=530 Ages 30 to 39 =633 Ages 40 to 49 =432 and 50 and above =429
·       Total Number of Inmates Employed: 1,395
·       Stability Code D Roster Inmates: 319
·       Inmates Enrolled in Academic Education: 160
·       Inmates Enrolled in Vocational Education: 81
·       Average Daily Housing Cost Per Inmate: $96.54
Academic and Vocational Education
     Academic Programs
o   Adult Basic Education/General Education Development
o   Pre-Vocational
o   Money Smart
o   Read To Your Children
o   Post-Secondary Education/Correspondence Classes
 
     Vocational Education
o    Custodial Maintenance
o    Plumbing
o    Electricity
o    Carpentry
o    Business Education
o    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.  

 

   

 
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.