The State Correctional Institution at Mahanoy SCI Mahanoy opened in July 1993 as a medium-security level male institution. The 222-acre tract of land upon which SCI Mahanoy sits was purchased in 1991 from two separate owners, J.M.B. Limited and Eileen M. DiCasimirro, for the expressed purpose of building a 1,000-bed medium security institution of prototypical design. The property was purchased by the Schuylkill County Redevelopment Authority for the price of $896,273. Over the period from August 1991 through April 1993, the institution was constructed at a cost of $83,500,000. Through a unique lease/purchase agreement, the institution was owned and leased by Schuylkill County to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the exclusive use of the Department of Corrections. SCI Mahanoy opened in July 1993 as a medium-security level male institution. This prison is one of five prototypical state prisons dedicated in 1993.
SCI Mahanoy was accredited by the American Correctional Association in 1996 and has successfully achieved reaccreditation every three years since that time.
Number of Acres Inside Perimeter: 67
Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 222
Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter): 35
Number of Housing Units: 11
Housing units consist of both cells and dormitory-style housing.
Special Features: One Special Needs Unit
Inmate Population: Click HERE
for the current population report
Inmate Average Age: 38.08
Total Number of Full-Time Employees: 581
Academic and Vocational Education:
*Academic Programs include: Adult Basic Education, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Preparation, Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language, Pro Literacy America, Life Skills, Applied Mathematics, Reading to Your Children, Advanced Life Skills, and Act 143.
*Vocational Education Programs are available: Auto Technology, Business Education, Computer-Assisted Drafting, Electronics, Warehouse Operation and Specialized Carpentry. Each of the above vocational programs offer certifications that are industry recognized and can assist inmates with employment upon societal reentry. In addition, SCI Mahanoy offers a 12-Chair Barber School.
*Approved Apprenticeship Programs include: Plumbing, Painting, Electrician, Refrigeration Mechanics, Carpentry, Masonry, Cooking, and Shoe Repair. The Library provides collections of materials, which meet the recreational, educational, and legal reference needs of the inmates. Inmates also have access to Inter-Library Loans.
• Inside Out Dads
• 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
• Thinking for a Change
• Act 143 Victim Awareness
• Violence Prevention
• Batterer’s Intervention
Mental Health Programs
• MH Education
• MH Management
Virtual visitation: Virtual visitation is available at SCI Mahanoy and is limited to persons living in the Erie, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. The program uses video conferencing technology to enhance parenting skills; allows an inmate to visit with immediate family members, caregivers of the inmate’s children, and other individuals on the inmate’s approved visiting list; increases the frequency of visits for an inmate; and permits the scheduling of visits at times that are best for the visitors. Every inmate in general population status, regardless of his custody level, is eligible. Inmates housed in administrative and disciplinary custody are not permitted to participate in the Virtual Visitation Program.
Correctional Industries: Correctional Industries at SCI Mahanoy is a regional commissary distribution center serving nine institutions in the eastern part of Pennsylvania. We supply a variety of items for the inmate population to purchase. They include food, health and beauty, clothing, footwear, and electronic items. SCI Mahanoy CI currently employs 90 inmates on one shift.
Community Work Program: The Community Work Program (CWP) had a total of 4,627 man hours of litter pick-up work in 2012. The CWP picks up litter along Interstate 81 and the Morea Road locally.