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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 Mailing 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:  Barry Smith
Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services:  Bobbi Jo Salamon
Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management:  David Close
Business Manager:  Margaret Baughman
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:  208

Total number of buildings:  30


Inmate Population:  Click HERE for the current population report


Number of Employees:  576


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.