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The Department of Corrections (DOC) oversees the operation of:

DOC employs 15,000 employees and is responsible for over 36,000 inmates.

County prisons in Pennsylvania are not under the jurisdiction of the DOC.

Parole decisions are under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

Prison Emergencies

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania now uses Code RED some action on your part may be required in order to continue to receive notifications.

Do you want to be notified about major emergencies happening at a state prison near you?

Register to receive e-mail, pager, text and/or phone notifications of a major emergency at a Pennsylvania state prison via the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Alert System - Code RED.

You must register to receive notifications. Please note text and messaging fees may apply.

Citizens who do not have internet access should contact the Critical Incident Manager at the nearest state prison may access the DOC prison list for additional information. (Word).  The Critical Incident Manager will take their information and then enter it into the Code RED.