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SCI Pittsburgh 

NOTE - SCI Pittsburgh's last inmate visiting day will be Monday, May 8.


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.   
In January 2017, the Department of Corrections, due to a need to cut costs due to a budget crisis, announced the closure of SCI Pittsburgh by June 30, 2017.