The State Correctional Institution at Fayette opened as the Commonwealth’s 26th correctional facility in August 2003.  The General Assembly voted in 1997 to authorize construction of a new facility and ground was broken March 30, 2000.   The first inmates arrived in August 2003.  SCI Fayette was accredited by the American Correctional Association in 2006 and has successfully achieved reaccreditation every three years since that time.

Facility Information

Number of Acres Inside Perimeter: 53

Number of Acres Outside Perimeter: 203

Number of Operational Structures (inside and outside of perimeter): 24

Number of Housing Units: 11

Special Features: GESA project, a $39 million upgrade for energy savings on water, electric and gas.

Average Number of Full-Time Employees:  648

Inmate Information

Inmate PopulationCurrent Inmate Population

PA Correctional Industries: The PCI License Plate Factory currently employs 60 inmate workers and produces aluminum license plates and special organizational plates for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Metal Factory employs 37 inmate workers and produces metal products such as cabinets, shelves, security benches and furniture that are used in prison cells. These products are sold to agencies such as the DOC, Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other state agencies. Correctional Industries at SCI Fayette also has an office staff that employs 11 inmate workers. The primary function of these inmates is working in conjunction with the other shops for the purpose of design work, billing and administrative support.  

Community Work Program: The CWP crew picks up litter, strips and waxes floors, cuts grass, replaces ceilings and other general maintenance.

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.

Academic Education

The Education Department at SCI Fayette offers a variety of academic, vocational and elective programming that is available to all inmates based on interest, need, qualifications and availability. The education counselor does the inmate orientation twice a week for all incoming inmates. The orientations are conducted within two days after the arrival of new inmates.

  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED
  • Pre-GED
  • Individual Cell Study Program
  • Correspondence Courses
  • ACSD
  • Pathways to Success

Vocational Programs

  • Carpentry
  • Cosmetology
  • Custodial Maintenance and Repair
  • Electricity
  • Flagger
  • OSHA
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Welding

Inmate Programs

  • Thinking for a Change
  • CBI-Interpersonal Violence
  • Violence Prevention
  • TC
  • SUD- OP
  • BOTI
  • TPV Personal Growth Group
  • TPV Batterers’ Intervention
  • Outpatient SUD
  • SOP
  • Seeking Safety
  • Long-Term Offenders
  • SUD- Co-Occurring
  • Impact of Crime

The education counselor does the inmate orientation twice a week for all incoming inmates. The orientations are conducted within two days after the arrival of new inmates.

Facility Address

50 Overlook Drive
LaBelle, PA  15450
(724) 364-2200

Inmate Mail Address

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


Superintendent: Tina Walker

Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services: Martin Switzer

Deputy Superintendent for Facilities Management: Michael Tkacs

Business Manager: Tiffany Pauley

Superintendent's Assistant: Rhonda House