Graterford State Correctional Institution



Graterford State Correctional Institution Pennsylvania

SCI Graterford

Graterford State Correctional Institution is a maximum security prison located in Graterford Pennsylvania that houses adult male offenders.  It has had many names since the facility opened in 1929 and is commonly referred to as Graterford Prison and Graterford Penitentiary.  The prison houses over 3,420 inmates in twelve housing units.  In addition to general population units, SCI Graterford has a special needs unit, a mental health unit, and outside service unit, a mental health unit, and two restricted housing units.  Death row inmates are housed in one of the restrictive housing units.  Inmates at this facility are secured by a 30 foot perimeter fence and nine armed guard towers.  Plans are currently in the works to open two new facilities nearby and close Graterford, though this decision will ultimately be up to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to decide.

SCI Graterford offers inmates multiple educational and vocational opportunities.  Vocational training is available to inmates in carpentry, barbering, horticulture, and warehousing.  Additionally, inmates can earn a GED and even take college level courses if they already have a diploma.  The Correctional Industries program at Graterford employs inmates in a textile mill, a hosiery mill, a shoe factory, and a garment factory.  Additional programs at this facility allow the inmates to work with animals including dogs and horses.  Inmates can also receive alcohol and substance abuse treatment, and if the inmate has been convicted of a sexual crime they will be required to attend a sex offender treatment program.

Visiting Hours at Graterford State Correctional Institution:

Visits at SCI Graterford occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:30am-3pm and on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am-3pm and from 6pm-9pm.

Physical Address:

Graterford State Correctional Institution
Graterford Road
Graterford, PA 19426



Inmate Mailing Address:

Inmate Name, ID Number
​SCI Graterford
P.O. Box 244
Graterford, PA 19426