500 E. Fourth Street
Chester, PA 19013
Superintendent: Marirosa Lamas
Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Mark Wahl
Deputy Superintendent for Facility Management: Kenneth Eason
Business Manager: Gary Sharper
Superintendent Assistant: Louisa Perez
SCI Chester, constructed as a 1,175 bed medium-security prison for inmates with a documented substance abuse history was constructed for nearly $74 million with an annual operating budget of $36 million. SCI Chester is an innovative facility which was designed to provide a continuum of substance abuse treatment services in the institution and continuing in the community at community corrections centers. This consortium approach uses the experience and expertise of public and private agencies in a broad based effort, which focuses on treatment of inmates without losing sight of our primary responsibility for public safety. Our Therapeutic Community (TC) current mission is to provide quality treatment to more than 1,000 offenders yearly utilizing the TC model.
SCI Chester is the 24th state correctional institution to open in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is unique in its architectural structure and programmatic design. The housing units design - pods - was considered an ambitious move for correctional facilities during the 1980’s. In addition to its structure and program focus, it is the first tobacco free facility in the commonwealth.
Total Acreage Inside Perimeter: 9
Total Acreage Outside Perimeter: 4.77
Number of Building Inside Perimeter: 9
Number of Buildings Outside Perimeter: 1
Number of Housing Units: 14
Housing units consist of cells.
Staff Complement: 399
Inmate Information: Click HERE
for the current population report
Inmate Average Age: 38
Basic Education Classes
Adult Basic Education
English as a Second Language (E.S.L.)
The following vocational programs are offered to inmates at SCI Chester.
HVAC Program (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
Alternative to Violence
Sex Offenders Programming
Education Centers (CEC)
AOD TREATMENT PROGRAM
treatment program at SCI-Chester is a collaborative effort between the
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and Community Education Centers, Inc.
(CEC). This collaboration has been formed to rehabilitate inmates with a
history of substance abuse. The treatment program is operated by Community
Education Centers, Inc.
treatment program utilizes several levels of care to accommodate the treatment
needs of the offenders. The following levels of care are utilized:
Communities (TC’s): Each TC housing unit houses approximately 64 inmates.
are currently 5 TC sites in operation:
General Population TC (AA, AC, AD & BC).
Hispanic TC (BB). Program materials and language are conducted entirely in
TC’s are designed to service those offenders who are alcohol or drug-dependent
or have a severe abuse problem.
provides ancillary groups to provide services to those offenders who have
special needs. These programs include “Violence Prevention/Moderate and
High Intensity” and “Batterers’ Intervention” – a specific therapy group for
domestic violence-related offenders.