Skip to main content
Skip to page content

Skip Navigation LinksDepartment of Corrections > Facilities > State Prisons > Chester

 

SCI Chester


500 E. Fourth Street
Chester, PA 19013
(610) 490-5412

 

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
 
 
Academic Programs:
Basic Education Classes
Literacy/Basic Skills
Adult Basic Education
G.E.D. Classes
English as a Second Language (E.S.L.)
Inside-Out Program
 
Vocational Programs:
The following vocational programs are offered to inmates at SCI Chester.
Barber School
Carpentry 
HVAC Program (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
 
Counseling Services:
Alternative to Violence
Sex Offenders Programming
 
Inmate Programs:

Community Education Centers (CEC)

SCI-CHESTER AOD TREATMENT PROGRAM

 

The 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.

The treatment program utilizes several levels of care to accommodate the treatment needs of the offenders.  The following levels of care are utilized:

Therapeutic Communities (TC’s): Each TC housing unit houses approximately 64 inmates.

There are currently 5 TC sites in operation:

  •  Four General Population TC (AA, AC, AD & BC).
  •  One Hispanic TC (BB). Program materials and language are conducted entirely in Spanish.

     

The TC’s are designed to service those offenders who are alcohol or drug-dependent or have a severe abuse problem.

Ancillary Services:

CEC 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.