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SCI Phoenix

SCI Phoenix
​Facility Address:

1200 Mokychic Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426
Inmate Letters Address:
Smart Communications/PADOC
Inmate Name/Inmate Number
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733
Legal Mail Address:

1200 Mokychic Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426

Superintendent: Joseph Terra

Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services:  Mandy Sipple

Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Charles Hensley

Deputy Superintendent for Internal Security: Harold Kertes

Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management:  Nathan Wynder

Business Manager: Ryan Koehler

Superintendent Assistant/Public Information Officer: Kristina Owens and Gina Orlando

A formal dedication was held June 1, 2018. The prison was put into operation on July 9, 2018. The transition of inmates from Graterford to Phoenix took place from July 11 until July 15, 2018. SCI Graterford was closed on July 15, 2018.

SCI Phoenix is a 3,830-bed facility situated on the property of SCI Graterford.  This state-of-the-art facility was designed to replace the aging SCI Graterford, which was built in 1929.  SCI Phoenix’s unique model is comprised of two prototypical correctional facilities featuring one shared Administration/Support Building. Both East and West sides of SCI Phoenix have a Program Services Building, CI shops, Commissary, Property, and Maintenance.

An offering of treatment, educational, vocational and recreational programs will be available to the inmate population, as well as numerous specialty units which include a Secure Residential Treatment Unit, Residential Treatment Unit, a Therapeutic Community, a Transitional Housing Unit, Veteran’s Service Unit, a Special Assessment Unit, a Special Observation Unit and a Diversionary Treatment Unit.


  • On the same grounds as SCI Graterford
  • 1.5-mile perimeter
  • Total Acreage inside fence - 164
  • Maximum Security Prison


  • Design - two correctional facilities featuring one shared Administration/Centralized Service Building
  • Subdivides into two separate sections of the facility – “East” and “West”
  • The Centralized Service Building houses Admin, Medical and Food Service, serving both East and West sides


  • The facility has 1,200 full-time employees


  • Replaces SCI Graterford
  • Some administration offices will continue to be utilized at SCI Graterford, including Business and HR
  • Improved safety and security
  • Better serves the needs of a long-term population
  • Provides additional space for educational, vocational programs
  • Uses Energy efficient LED motion sensor lights


  • Bed Capacity - 3,830

Housing Units

  • A total of 15 housing units within the perimeter with bed capacity of 282 in each
    • 8 Housing Units on the West
    • 7 Housing Units on the East
  • East will primarily house parole violators and new receptions; West will house general population inmates
  • 4 Security Level 5 Housing Units (2 on each side)
    • Each housing - 182
  • Outside Service Unit (OSU) built in 2002
    • Houses 145
  • Capital Unit (EAST)
    • Includes 96-cell unit
    • Over 1/3 of state’s capital cases are from Philadelphia
    • Moving capital cases closer to Philadelphia will reduce court related costs/escorts

Program Service Buildings

  • Separate Program Service Buildings on both East and West
  • Non-denominational chapel providing Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islam, Seventh Day Adventist, Christian Scientist, Jehovah Witness, Episcopalian and Native American Services
  • More than 30 classrooms for vocational and educational
  • Barber shop
  • Mural Arts Program
  • Gym


  • School
    • Adult Basic Education
    • Vocational Classes
      • Barbering School, Custodial Maintenance, International Computer Driving License, Carpentry, Restaurant Professions & Serv Safe, Warehouse Operations, Pre Vocational, and Money Smart.
    • Law Library
    • Recreational Library
  • Programs
    • Alcohol and Other Drugs
    • Dual Diagnosis Groups
    • Relapse Prevention
    • AA and NA Support Meetings
    • Violence Prevention
    • Batterers
    • Sex Offender Treatment
    • Victim Awareness
    • Impact of Crime

Correctional Industries

  • Laundry (West)
  • Garment Factory (East)
  • Shoe Factory (East)

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