The State Correctional Institution at Coal Township held its official dedication on April 26, 1993.  The construction of SCI Coal Township was part of Governor Casey's Operation Jump Start Program.  This construction and expansion program was launched in 1990 to address the prison overcrowding problem, to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.  SCI Coal Township was one of five institutions constructed and financed through county or municipal authorities and one of five prototypical state prisons dedicated in 1993.  The Northumberland County Authority was responsible to oversee the construction financing and to develop the lease with the option to buy for the Department of Corrections.

SCI Coal Township was accredited by the American Correctional Association in 1996 and has successfully achieved reaccreditation every three years since that time.

Facility Information

Number of Acres Inside Perimeter: 43

Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 183

Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter): 34

Number of Housing Units: 10

Housing units consist of both cells and dormitory-style housing.

Special Features: One Special Needs Unit/Therapeutic Community Unit

Average Number of Full-Time Employees: 568

Inmate Information

Inmate PopulationCurrent Inmate Population

Reentry Service Office: In order to ease a reentrant’s transition after release and improve community reintegration, the Reentry Service Offices (RSOs) are designed to provide information and services to inmates who are within 18 months to their minimum and/or release date. Reentry Parole Agents (RPAs) oversee the RSOs and work with other DOC staff members to facilitate various workshops including Life Skills, Budgeting, Digital Literacy — among many others. The RSO utilizes its computer lab to assist reentrants with resume writing, job searches, as well as providing community connections for services they may need upon release.

Community Work Program: The SCI Coal Township CWP completes a variety of projects, including landscaping, picking up litter, painting and more.

Academic Education

  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED
  • Business Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Learning Support

Vocational Programs

  • Building Trades
  • Heating
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC)
  • Barber
  • Electrical and Electronics

Inmate Programs

  • Inside-Out Dads
  • Long Term Offenders
  • Sex Offender
  • Pre-Vocational Skills Class
  • MoneySmart Program
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
  • Therapeutic Community
  • Parole Violator
  • Outpatient Group
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • AA/NA/SOS Support Meetings
  • Thinking for a Change
  • Act 143 Victim Awareness
  • Violence Prevention Moderate Intensity
  • Violence Prevention High intensity
  • Batterer’s Intervention
  • Medication Compliance Group
  • Dual Diagnosis Group

Facility Address

​1 Kelley Drive
Coal Township, PA 17866-1020
(570) 644-7890

Inmate Mail Address

Smart Communications/PADOC
Inmate Name/Inmate Number
PO Box 33028
St Petersburg, FL 33733


Superintendent: Tom McGinley

Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Vacant

Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management: Victor Mirarchi

Business Manager: Nancy Wilson

Superintendent's Assistant: Amy Wheary