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How Are Inmate Records in Pennsylvania Created and Stored?

Inmate records are initiated when someone is arrested. The arresting officer first fills out a RAP sheet which contains the suspect's name, address, phone number, physical description, mug shot, and details of their crime. Then as the person moves through the justice system, their file is updated daily. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is the government agency in charge of all facilities and inmate records for the state. They keep all inmate records online and searchable so that anyone can perform an inmate search 24/7.

How to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in Pennsylvania?

The state of Pennsylvania makes it really easy to find someone in state prison. However, the process of finding someone in a Pennsylvania jail is much different. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections keeps all inmate records online in a massive database. To find someone incarcerated in Pennsylvania follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website .
  2. Look for the "Inmate Locator" link on the homepage.
  3. You can read the instructions and then click the big blue button.
  4. Read the disclaimer pop-up and hit the "Close" button.
  5. Now enter the person's name. Optionally, you can also their inmate number, gender, race, county, location, citizenship, age, or birthdate. You can even choose how the results are sorted.
  6. Hit the "Search" button and review the results.
  7. The results display nicely in a table with the inmate number, name, race, date of birth, location, and county.
  8. Click any inmate number to see additional details for each inmate.

You can also try the Infotracer search tool if you are interested in finding someone's criminal records, incarcerations, convictions, arrests, warrants, and more.

What Does Pennsylvania’s Prison System Look Like?

The Pennsylvania prison system is quite simple. It includes only a few state-run facilities, federal prisons and county jails. All the state-run facilities and programs are overseen and managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and Secretary of Corrections, John E. Wetzel. The entire Pennsylvania prison system includes:

  • 24 State Prisons
  • 11 Federal Prisons
  • 4 Juvenile Detention Centers
  • 67 County Jails

Did you Know?

  • 0.38% of people in Pennsylvania are under correctional control, from which 180,492 are on probation, and 111,087 are on parole.
  • Every year, about 10,750 people walk out of prison gates in Pennsylvania, but people go to jail 1.1 times more each year
  • 94% of prison inmates in Pennsylvania are male, 6% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Pennsylvania increased by 320 percent (from $757,296,947 to $3,182,655,000).
  • Pennsylvania has 52 facilities under state or federal authority that provided educational programs to inmates, from which only 0 provided College courses.

Types of Jails/Prisons in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has some different types of confinement in the state for felons. First, they have twenty-four state prisons that hold inmates who have been sentenced to more than a year in prison. Then the federal government has eleven federal prison facilities holding federal inmates who broke federal laws on Pennsylvania soil. The state has four juvenile detention centers that house youth offenders under the age of 18. Each of the sixty-seven counties has a local county jail run by Sheriff's Offices.

How Many People are Locked up in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania’s prison system holds 49,244 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 48,001 residents are held in state prisons, 8 in federal prisons, 29 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 526 in local jails.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Juvenile Correctional Facilities29
Federal Prisons8
State Prisons48,001
Local Jails526
Private Prisons680

Pennsylvania State Prisons

The state of Pennsylvania has twenty-four state prisons. Each one houses different demographics and has units for varying levels of custody. Some are specifically designed for males, some for females and some for mentally ill inmates. The list of state prisons in Pennsylvania includes:

  • SCI Huntingdon.
  • SCI Rockview.
  • SCI Muncy.
  • SCI Camp Hill.
  • SCI Dallas.
  • SCI Mercer.
  • SCI Frackville.
  • SCI Retreat.
  • SCI Smithfield.
  • SCI Waymart.
  • Farview State Hospital.
  • SCI Cambridge Springs.
  • Quehanna Motivational Boot Camp.
  • SCI Somerset.
  • SCI Coal Township.
  • SCI Mahanoy.
  • SCI Albion.
  • SCI Greene.
  • SCI Houtzdale.
  • SCI Laurel Highlands.
  • SCI Chester.
  • SCI Pine Grove.
  • SCI Fayette.
  • SCI Forest.
  • SCI Benner Township.
  • SCI Phoenix.

How to Search for State Prison Inmates

The state of Pennsylvania makes it pretty easy to find someone in state prison. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections keeps all inmate records together in a consolidated database online making it easy to find a Pennsylvania inmate in state prison. Simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website .
  2. Look for the "Inmate Locator" link on the homepage.
  3. You can read the instructions and then click the big blue button.
  4. Read the disclaimer pop-up and hit the "Close" button.
  5. Now enter the person's name. Optionally, you can also their inmate number, gender, race, county, location, citizenship, age, or birthdate. You can even choose how the results are sorted.
  6. Hit the "Search" button and review the results.
  7. The results display nicely in a table with the inmate number, name, race, date of birth, location, and county.
  8. Click any inmate number to see additional details for each inmate.

Pennsylvania Federal Prisons

The state of Pennsylvania has eleven federal prisons within state boundaries that house federal inmates who have broken federal laws. All federal prisons are operated and managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB). They have a great website with lots of details about each facility and how to visit an inmate there. The eleven federal prison facilities in Pennsylvania include:

  • Allenwood FCC. 
  • Canaan USP. 
  • Lewisburg USP. 
  • Loretto FCI. McKean FCI. 
  • Moshannon Valley CI. 
  • Northeast RO. 
  • Philadelphia FDC. 
  • Philadelphia RRM. 
  • Pittsburgh RRM. 
  • Schuylkill FCI.

Pennsylvania's Federal Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total1198878
Male1198878
Female000000

How to Search for Federal Prison Inmates

The process for finding an inmate in a Pennsylvania federal prison is much different than finding one in state prison. Because the Federal Bureau of Prisons is the government agency in charge of inmate records, they are the ones to contact to find an inmate. They do have an inmate locator feature right on their website and a page for each facility with directions and information about visiting.

Pennsylvania County Jails

Pennsylvania has sixty-seven counties and in each one a county jail run by the local Sheriff's Office. These short-term facilities hold suspects arrested for crimes and pretrial detainees. They also sometimes hold inmates who were sentenced to very short terms in jail. Some of the local Sheriff's Offices have websites of their own with information about how the jails work and who is kept there.

Pennsylvania's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total609489857894984526
Male609489802852953515
Female0055423111

How to Search for County Jail Inmates

It is very easy to search for an inmate in a local county jail in Pennsylvania. The process is not the same as with state prison inmates, however. Each county jail is run and managed by the local county Sheriff's Office and therefore, anyone wanting to find an inmate in jail must contact the Sheriff's Office where they were arrested. Some of these local law enforcement agencies do have websites with an inmate search feature or even a list of current jail inmates on it.

Pennsylvania Juvenile Detention Centers

The state of Pennsylvania has four juvenile detention centers. Two of them operate as forestry camps. These facilities are overseen and managed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services (BJJS). Their website issues their directive as: "These facilities are designed to provide state-of-the-art treatment, care, and custody services to Pennsylvania’s most at-risk youth." The four juvenile detention centers in Pennsylvania are:

  • Loysville Youth Development Center.
  • Youth Forestry Camp # 3.
  • North Central Secure Treatment Unit.
  • Youth Forestry Camp #2.

Juvenile Population in Custody During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total432228291729
Male412128291628
Female210011

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

Juvenile records are not kept online in any searchable database. The state deems them private and confidential until the inmate turns 18. Then they have the right to request that they be permanently sealed. There is a good chance that many juvenile inmate records may never be seen in public records sources. However, family, friends, and others can locate an inmate in a Pennsylvania juvenile detention center by contacting the Pennsylvania Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services directly or the facility where they are being held.

Why are People Incarcerated in Pennsylvania?

There are a whopping 96,000 people incarcerated in the state of Pennsylvania. Roughly half of them (48,000) are in state prison. Another 37,000 are in local jails, 7,500 are in federal prison, 2,800 are located in juvenile detention camps, and about 290 are in mental institutions. Almost half of all Pennsylvania inmates (48.5%) are in prison due to violent offenses like murder, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, and arson. More than 15% are in prison due to parole violations and the rest are there because of other crimes, including property damage, drugs, and forgery.

Pennsylvania’s Incarceration Rate and Statistics

Pennsylvania’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 383, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 15%. The number of Pennsylvania prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 49,244, from which 6% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 46,381 in 2016.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total403398400394388383375
Male782772777762748737721
Female42414141424343

Where Do Pennsylvania Inmates Go When They are Released?

One of the state-run prison facilities in Pennsylvania is a work-camp that is low-security. Some inmates will go there to transition out of prison back into society, but the rest will simply return home to family and friends. Pennsylvania has a community corrections program which includes the supervisory components of parole and probation but not any halfway houses or other assistance beyond incarceration.

How Does Parole Work in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania has an extensive process for parole. In order to reduce the likelihood of recidivism, they have reentry services and case managers that act as parole officers. When someone is released early from prison, they are supervised by a case manager and required to complete specific tasks. If they violate any of the rules of their parole, they will return to prison until the end of their sentences.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 111,087
Entries: 61,179
Exits: 62,443
Change in 2016: -1%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania judges always have the option of assigning probation rather than prison in a criminal case. When they feel an offender is low-risk, they may allow them to remain free but with some court-ordered rules. Again, they will be supervised by a probation officer, and if they violate any of the court's rules, they will go immediately to prison.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 180,492
Entries: 94,091
Exits: 97,467
Change in 2016: -1%

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