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SCI Pittsburgh

Please note that this prison is slated for closure by June 30, 2017


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the planned closure of SCI Pittsburgh by June 30, 2017, the prison is reducing its visiting days from seven to THREE.  The visiting room is now only open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The prison will continue to welcome the PA Prison Society bus on every third Wednesday of the month.


3001 Beaver Avenue (staff)
P.O. Box 99991 (inmates)
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 761-1955


Superintendent:  Mark Capozza 
Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services:  William Cole
Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management:  David Zetwo
Business Manager:  Amanda Brown
Superintendent's Assistant:  Carol Scire
In 1953 the State Legislature reorganized the Pennsylvania prison system.  The legislature created the Bureau of Corrections, with the sole purpose of
administering the state prison system. The Western Penitentiary became known as the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh.
In January 2005, due to high operating costs and poor lines of sight, SCI Pittsburgh was “mothballed.”  All inmates were transferred to other facilities in the state.  The administration building was renovated to serve as a community corrections center called Riverside and currently has the capacity to house approximately 100 residents.  The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and the Bureau of Community Corrections Western Regional Offices are located inside the building as well.  In January 2007, officials announced that SCI Pittsburgh would be placed back into operation as a minimum-security facility with a treatment focus to help deal with the Department’s ever increasing inmate population.  The first inmates arrived on June 7, 2007.   
Number of Acres Inside Perimeter:  7
Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 11
Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter):  42
Number of Housing Units:  10
Special Features:  1 Special Needs Unit; 1 Secure Special Needs Unit; 1 Restricted Housing Unit; 1 Inmate Reception Center Unit; 5 General Population Therapeutic Communities; 1 Oncology Treatment Center & 1 Center of Excellence for Hemophilic Patients.
Inmate Information:
Inmate Population:  Click HERE for the current population report
Inmate Average Age:  35.41
Total Number of Full-Time Employees:  555 
Academic and Vocational Education:
Academic Education through GED level
Vocational Education: Electric Program, Custodial Maintenance, Barber Manager’s Program, Business Education & Evening Enrichment Program.
Inmate Programs:
Special Needs Program
Secure Special Needs Program
Substance Abuse Programming
Violence Prevention
Batterer’s Invention
Veteran’s Program
SCI Pittsburgh is primarily a treatment facility that specializes in treating inmates with substance abuse issues. There are several types of therapeutic communities available to inmates depending on their sentence and their need.  A therapeutic community for inmates who are sentenced to the State Intermediate Punishment Unit, a therapeutic community for inmates with short minimum sentences and a general population therapeutic community are all available at Pittsburgh.  The goal is to ensure that treatment needs are met in time for an inmate’s release to the community.  Each treatment program is isolated to a specific housing unit and trained staff provides intensive drug and alcohol programming for inmates with significant substance abuse problems.  Intensive out-patient programming is also available for inmates with a lower assessed level of need.