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SCI Graterford


P.O. Box 246 (staff)
P.O. Box 244 (inmates)
Graterford, PA  19426-0246
(610) 489-4151


Superintendent:  Tammy Ferguson
Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services:  Mandy Sipple
Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management:  James Meintel
Business Manager:  Joe Seilus
Superintendent's Assistants:  Wendy Shaylor


Hospice Pamphlet for Families (English)     Hospice Pamphlet for Families (Spanish)

In the spring of 1923, repeated disturbances at the Eastern Penitentiary in Philadelphia convinced the institution’s Board of Directors that the Fairmont Avenue Prison, then nearly 100 years old, should be replaced by a “modern” facility removed from the city itself.  A site was soon selected in Skippack Township, Montgomery County, deemed a good one “as it includes all excellent farm land”, and negotiations were begun to purchase the holdings therein from 37different owners.  After overcoming opposition by local residents, 1,714¼ acres were finally bought at a total cost of nearly $300,000.  SCI Graterford was accredited by the American Correctional Association in 1998 and has successfully achieved reaccreditation every 3 years since that time.
Number of Acres Inside Perimeter:  62
Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 1,652
Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter):  152
Number of Housing Units:  12
Special Features:  One Special Needs Unit; One Outside Service Unit; One Mental Health Unit; and Two Restricted Housing Units (one of which houses capital case inmates)
Inmate Population: Click HERE for the current population report

Total Number of Full-Time Employees:  1,109
Academic and Vocational Education:
• Academic Education through GED level; college courses are offered periodically throughout the year for inmates who are academically suited
• Vocational Education:  Barbering School; International Computer Driving License; Warehouse Operations; Literacy; Pre Vocational; THU Pre Vocational; and Money Smart
Inmate Programs:
Family/Relationship Self
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
• FACT (Fathers And Children Together)
Sex Offenders
• Sex Offender Moderate-High Intensity
• Offender Low Intensity
• Special Needs Sex Offender Booster Program
• Pre-Vocational Skills Class
• Back on Track Inside
• MoneySmart Program
Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
• Therapeutic Community
• Parole Violator
• Outpatient Therapy Group
• Dual Diagnosis
• AA/NA/SOS Support Meetings
Offense Related
• Impact of Crime
• Thinking for a Change
• Act 143 Victim Awareness
• Violence Prevention
• Batterer’s Intervention
• Sex Offender Program
Mental Health Programs
• MH Education
• MH Management
• MH Peer Group
• MH Community Re-Entry Group
• Dual Diagnosis Group
• MH Support Group for Recent Psychiatric Commitment Returns
• Mind Over Matter
• Get It Together (Adult ADHD group)
Correctional Industries:  Correctional Industries at SCI Graterford has five manufacturing cost centers consisting of a Garment Factory, Underwear Plant, Shoe Factory, Textile Weaving Mill, and a Hosiery Knitting Mill.  The products from these cost centers are sold to state agencies, tax supported and non-profit organizations.
Community Work Program:
Equine Rescue Program – Inmates care for older horses that were abandoned or scheduled to be euthanized.  The Last Chance Ranch provides supplies and veterinary care for these horses.
Dog Program – SCI Graterford currently has no dog programs.  However, we do have three dogs that reside in our Outside Service Unit.  These dogs are used to control the goose population on the institution grounds, both inside and outside the compound.