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SCI Waymart

SCI Waymart 

​Facility Address:

11 Farview Drive
Waymart, PA 18472
(570) 488-5811
Facility Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 256
Waymart, PA 18472
Inmate Letters Address:

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

P.O. Box 256
Waymart, PA 18472

​Inmate Photograph Information:
Cash is not permitted inside the visiting room of SCI Waymart; however, tickets for the photobooth are available for purchase with cash before entering the visiting room. The cost is $1.75 per ticket, with a maximum of two tickets per visit. Exact change is appreciated, as any change must be secured in a locker before entering the visiting room. Food and drink vending machines accept credit/debit cards only. 

Superintendent:  Mark Wahl

Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services:  Bobbie Bassett

Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management: Joseph Grillo

Business Manager: Marianne Nafus

Superintendent's Assistant: Christine Altemier

On October 26, 1989, the State Correctional Institution at Waymart opened its doors approximately one year ahead of schedule to help deal with the aftermath of the riots that destroyed a major portion of the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill. At the time, the facility, which had been operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as Farview State Hospital, had ample unused building space that immediately could be utilized for inmate housing. On October 29, 1989, 239 inmates displaced by the riots at SCI Camp Hill were moved to SCI Waymart.

From 1989 to 1995, Farview State Hospital and SCI Waymart operated as separate entities under the jurisdiction of two state agencies. In October 1995, Farview State Hospital, a maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital, was placed under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and designated as a Forensic Treatment Center. The Forensic Treatment Center (FTC) at SCI Waymart serves as the focal point for the treatment of all psychiatric inmates within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Inmates from surrounding county correctional facilities who require intensive psychiatric care and treatment also can be committed to the FTC by court order.

In 1999, SCI Waymart opened a 50-bed Intermediate Care Unit (ICU). This unit is a non-court committed mental health unit that provides extended treatment to inmates who no longer need in-patient treatment at the FTC but continue to need psychiatric care to help deal with the stress of general population.

The construction of Farview State Hospital for the Criminally Insane was completed in 1911 and the facility opened one year later. Over the years, the facility has undergone a series of construction projects and internal modifications to augment security, to provide additional work space, and to improve both the working and living conditions of staff and inmates. The inner perimeter of the institution consists of 33 buildings interconnected by a series of corridors. In addition, the institution utilizes a number of buildings outside its perimeter for various purposes including a garage, utility plant, warehouse, staff residences, administrative offices  and housing for inmates with outside clearance status.

Inmate Population: Current Population Report

Total Number of Employees:  683

Total Number of Acres Inside Perimeter:  19

Total Number of Acres Outside Perimeter:  351

Total Number of Buildings:  50

A variety of educational, vocational and treatment programs are offered to the inmate population at SCI Waymart. The institution operates a Drug and Alcohol Unit, Sex Offender Treatment Program and a Personal Care Unit for inmates with a variety of medical problems.

In January 2000, SCI Waymart was accredited by the American Correctional Association. It was reaccredited in October, 2002, October, 2005,  November, 2008, and November,  and has successfully achieved reaccreditation every three years since that time.

Correctional Industries:

SCI Waymart operates a garment plant that employs 120 inmates.  This plant produces officers, maintenance and food service staff uniforms and rain gear for the state prisons, as well as rain gear for the PA Department of Transportation.