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SCI Coal Township

SCI Coal Township

Facility Address:

​1 Kelley Drive
Coal Township, PA 17866-1020
(570) 644-7890
Inmate Letters Address:

Smart Communications/PADOC
Inmate Name/Inmate Number
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733

​Legal Mail Address:

​1 Kelley Drive
Coal Township, PA 17866-1020
(570) 644-7890

Superintendent: Tom McGinley

Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Victor Mirarchi

Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management:  Jeff Gibson

Business Manager:  Nancy Wilson

Superintendent's Assistant: Amy Wheary

The State Correctional Institution at Coal Township held its official dedication on April 26, 1993.  The construction of SCI Coal Township was part of Governor Casey's Operation Jump Start Program.  This construction and expansion program was launched in 1990 to address the prison overcrowding problem, to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.  SCI Coal Township was one of five institutions constructed and financed through county or municipal authorities and one of five prototypical state prisons dedicated in 1993.  The Northumberland County Authority was responsible to oversee the construction financing and to develop the lease with the option to buy for the Department of Corrections.

SCI Coal Township was accredited by the American Correctional Association in 1996 and has successfully achieved reaccreditation every 3 years since that time.

Number of Acres Inside Perimeter:  43

Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 183

Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter): 34

Number of Housing Units:  10

Housing units consist of both cells and dormitory-style housing.

Special Features: One Special Needs Unit/Therapeutic Community Unit

Inmate Information:

Inmate Population: Current Population Report

Inmate Average Age:  37

Total Number of Full-Time Employees: 526

Academic and Vocational Education:

  • Academic Education: Learning Support, Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED, Business Education, ESL
  • Vocational Education:  Building Trades, Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC), Barber, Computer-Aided Drafting/Design (CADD), Electrical and Electronics, Upholstery.

All vocational classes offer industry-recognized certifications specific to the trade skills taught in the program.

Inmate Programs:


  • Inside-Out Dads
  • Long Term Offenders

Sex Offenders

  • Sex Offender Moderate-High Intensity
  • Sex Offender Low Intensity
  • Sex Offender Booster Program
  • Sex Offender Program on the Special Needs Unit


  • Pre-Vocational Skills Class
  • MoneySmart Program
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
  • Therapeutic Community
  • Parole Violator
  • Outpatient Group
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • AA/NA/SOS Support Meetings

Offense Related

  • Thinking for a Change
  • Act 143 Victim Awareness
  • Violence Prevention Moderate Intensity
  • Violence Prevention High intensity
  • Batterer’s Intervention

Mental Health Programs

  • Medication Compliance Group
  • Dual Diagnosis Group

Community Work Program projects:

  • Painted Churches – interior and exterior
  • Painted Gymnasium for the Shamokin Youth Basketball League
  • Packed boxes of food items for the Salvation Army's Christmas program
  • Painted walls in the Shamokin City Hall
  • Maintained the grounds at the Coal Township War Veterans Memorial and Mini Park
  • Maintained cemetery plots at various church and community cemeteries
  • Helped set up and take down items for various church festivals
  • Painted equipment and maintained the grounds at community playgrounds
  • Completed litter pick up on many area roadways for Penn DOT's Adopt A Highway program
  • Assisted in moving office equipment/records to the new Northumberland County Prison