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SCI Houtzdale

An aerial view of SCI Houtzdale

Facility Address:

​209 Institution Drive
Houtzdale, PA  16698-1000
(814) 378-1000
​Facility Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1000
209 Institution Drive
Houtzdale, PA 16698-1000
Inmate Letters Address:

Smart Communications/PADOC
Inmate Name/Inmate Number
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733
​Legal Mail Address:

P.O. Box 1000
209 Institution Drive
Houtzdale, PA 16698-1000

Superintendent: David Close

Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Vacant​

Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management: James James​

Business Manager: Melissa Straw

Superintendent Assistants: Rebecca Reifer

Groundbreaking occurred on March 20, 1994, as part of an administrative initiative to increase cell space and to ease overcrowding in state prisons.  Construction was completed December 1995 and the official dedication of SCI Houtzdale was held January 5, 1996.  Construction of two additional housing units began August 8, 1997, and was completed in October 1998.  Construction of a 150-bed modular housing unit began in August 2010.  This housing unit consists of two dormitory style housing units with a dayroom in the center.  The unit was opened in August 2011.

Number of acres inside the perimeter:  65

Number of acres outside the perimeter:  212

Total number of buildings:  35

Inmate Population: Current population report

Number of Employees:  622

Academic and Vocational Education:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • General Equivalency Diploma
  • Special Education
  • Barber School
  • Building Trades
  • Business Education
  • Residential/Commercial/Industrial Electrical Maintenance and Repair
  • Money Smart
  • International Computer Driving License
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Electronics/Computer Repair
  • Custodial Maintenance and Repair
  • Warehouse Operations/Material Handling

Certification Programs:  Barbershop, Building Trades, Business Education, Computer Aided Drafting, Custodial Maintenance, Electricity, Electronics and Warehouse Operations.

Treatment Programs:

  • Courage to Change Therapeutic Community
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Low Intensity Outpatient
  • Parole Violator Group
  • Dual Diagnosis Group
  • Special Needs Unit Addictions Issues
  • Self Help Groups
  • Sex Offender Program Therapeutic Community
  • Cognitive Behavioral Theory Groups

Correctional Industries:

In October 2006, SCI Houtzdale opened a Commissary Distribution Operation. The operation is managed by Pennsylvania Correctional Industries (PCI). The Commissary Distribution Operation at SCI Houtzdale processes and distributes inmate commissary orders for nine State Correctional Institutions. The operation employs an AM and PM shift for a total of 90 inmates at full production.